The annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day / Evacuation Day parade is a celebration of Irish heritage in recognition of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, as well as to recognize Evacuation Day and the service of the men and women of the United States Armed Services. All entries must provide family-oriented entertainment consistent with the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and Evacuation Day.

Be advised, all participants in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day / Evacuation Day Parade are subject to the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council (SBAWVC) Code of Conduct. Groups submitting an application with a mission inconsistent with this Code of Conduct will not be approved to march in the parade. Any and all persons, groups, bands, or units approved to march will be inspected by parade officials prior to and during the parade to ensure the Code of Conduct is adhered to. Parade officials are authorized to exclude or reject any such groups or persons found to be in conflict with this Code of Conduct, regardless of previous agreements, arrangements, payments, or contracts.


Political Agendas/Protests: The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day / Evacuation Day Parade is a celebration, and not an opportunity for groups or persons to either advance a political agenda, or engage in protest, regardless of the cause. Protests and/or the advancement of political agendas is not commensurate with a celebration, nor the mission of the parade. Any demonstration of what could be viewed as advancing a political cause or engaging in a protest of any kind, will not be tolerated.

Improper Language: The use of lewd or vulgar language is not allowed in the parade at any time. Improper language is not to be spoken, nor written on any banners or signs, during the procession of the parade, regardless of the intent.

Inappropriate Attire: The SBAWVC encourages the wearing of costumes, but any nudity or indecent attire of any kind will not be tolerated. Any person or groups in violation of this statute at any point of the parade will be immediately ejected from the premises and will be prohibited from this and future parades.

Distribution of Materials: No objects may be thrown by any entry or participant, including marchers, floats, and vehicles associated with the entry; however, pre-approved objects coordinated with parade coordinators at point-of-registration may be distributed in a safe manner by handing such objects out at close proximity to the crowd. No flyers, literature, advertisements, endorsements, or printed materials of any kind may be distributed to the crowd by any participant.

The SBAWVC strives to run the largest and most entertaining St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation, while also recognizing the service of those in our armed forces through the Evacuation Day holiday. We ask that all participants, as well as attendees, follow our Code of Conduct to ensure a safe and fun-filled day for all involved.