If you're going to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the proper way, you must come to Boston, which has more Kellys, O'Gradys and Flahertys than all of Ireland.
Boston is well prepared for another spectacular Saint Patrick's Day, with events from the famous parade in South Boston to concerts, dance performances and special restaurant menus.
The parage takes place on Sunday, March 16, at 1 p.m. in South Boston. The parade route starts on West Broadway, goes left onto East Broadway, right onto "P" Street, right onto "East 4th" Street, right onto "East 5th" Street and ends at Dorchester Avenue. For a map of the parade route visit southbostonparade.org.
From March 14 through 16, the Dropkick Murphys come home to Boston after a year-long world tour. They'll be performing at House of Blues on Lansdowne Street.
Throughout this weekend the ninth annual St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn concert, presented by WGBH radio host Brian O'Donovan, returns with musicians and dancers.
On Saturday, March 15, the Greene-O'Leary School of Irish Dancing performs traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance. It's free, but reservations are required.
The Irish know how to party, and at 12 p.m. on March 15 Howl at the Moon's dueling pianos play favorite Irish hits.
On Sunday, March 16, the Franklin Park and Stone zoos animals will be receiving green-themes enrichment items.
Singing group Celtic Woman perform at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre at 3 and 8 p.m., with traditional Irish tunes, pop anthems and inspirational songs.
The fourth annual Irish Festival at Patriot Place presents live bands, Irish step dancers and family activities from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.
On the actual day, Monday March 17, The Beehive will present its seventh annual St. Patrick's Day festivities in partnership with the Boston Irish Tourism Association. This inclludes an evening of authentic entertainment including a live performance from Boston-based Katie MdD, Irish=inspired drinks and a la carte food specials from Executive Chef Marc Orfaly.
For details, go to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.BostonUSA.com.