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A Guide to Columbus Day in Boston

Posted On: 09/27/2017

Have you booked your transportation to the Columbus Day Parade yet?

In mid-October, one of Boston’s biggest events will take over the city streets. This annual festival and parade celebrates not only Christopher Columbus’s expedition to the Americas, but also Italian-American heritage and American liberty.

The parade itself always takes place the Sunday before Columbus Day, and kicks off around midday. In odd-numbered years (such as 2017) the parade begins at City Hall Plaza and travels through the city to the North End. Even numbered years see the parade winding from Suffolk Downs parking lot to Maverick Square. Make sure to get there early to find your spot!

The parade has everything from boisterous brass bands and military unit displays of pride to Duck Boat floats and bagpipe performances. It has been entertaining huge crowds since 1937, making it a local Boston tradition.

Some tips for the day: if you’re traveling to the parade with a group, make sure to stick together and plan a meet-up point in case anyone is separated. These streets get crowded, and you don’t want to leave anything to chance! The parade is fantastic, but also be sure to check out the area around the parade. Local restaurants, bars, and shops may have their own offers or special events for Columbus Day weekend.

Finally, avoid the stress of notorious Columbus Day traffic – book your shuttle now!

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