Boston’s spectacular Columbus Day Parade features an eclectic mix of marching brass bands, military units and Colonial militias, Italian-Boston organizations, Duck Boat floats, politicians, other entertainers, and even vintage autos.
It always occurs on the Sunday before Columbus Day, so this year it falls on Sunday, October 12th.
The parade celebrates Boston’s Italian heritage, Christopher Columbus’s expeditions to the Americas, and the commitment of Massachusetts military units to American freedom. Lots of local organizations, military corps, and high school marching bands provide fun and entertainment. The most exciting part about this parade is that it is FREE!
In even-numbered years (2014, 2016, 2018), the parade marches down Bennington Street in East Boston, starting at the Suffolk Downs parking lot and ending up at Maverick Square.
In East Boston (even years), any spot along Bennington Street provides excellent viewing.
When: Sunday, October 12, 2014, approximately 1pm (normally lasts about 2 hours)
Where (2014): East Boston
Closest T stations:
North End: Blue Line/Aquarium
East Boston: Blue Line/Maverick
For more information about the Columbus Day Parade click here.