A Southie native's take on the Saint Patrick's Day Parade

A Southie native's take on the Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Join Boston Globe reporter and South Boston native Billy Baker in a discussion about the changes in his neighborhood, its Irish heritage and its famous Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

  • Billy Baker, Boston Globe 3/15/2013 5:34:07 PM
    Since I've got a moment, some unsolicited advice on how best to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day parade.
    1. Don't be that guy. Have fun. Just don't be that guy.
    2. The parade is actually better than you think it is. There's some funny things in there. You might enjoy watching it.
    3. Don't ruin it for the kids. There's plenty of time later in the the afternoon and evening to hog the spotlight.
    4. Walk away. There are plenty of dude-looking-dudes out there looking for trouble. Don't give it to them. Walk away.
    5. Don't pee in public. Ask a neighbor. You'd be surprised at their answer. And you might end up leaving with food and beverages.
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  • Malecopywriter 3/15/2013 5:34:30 PM
    Do you hate the stereotypes people keep perpetuating about Southie? And does it make you want to get drunk and beat the crap out of them?
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  • Catherine Cloutier 3/15/2013 5:38:35 PM
    Billy, how has the parade changed since your childhood?
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  • SS 3/15/2013 5:42:01 PM
    Hi Billy: What do you think is the most positive change to come to Southie in the Yuppie Era (i.e. past 15 years)?
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  • Malecopywriter 3/15/2013 5:43:26 PM
    Is there a Protestant Irish float in the parade?
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  • Anne Rheault 3/15/2013 5:44:51 PM
    I think there are a few Protestant Floats in The Parade Every Year !
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  • Townies 3/15/2013 5:45:51 PM
    Miss the fist fights at the L Street Tavern
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  • Flem 3/15/2013 5:46:24 PM
    When taking the T in what stop should i get off on
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  • Scott 3/15/2013 5:48:13 PM
    Get off at broadway/red line
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  • Catherine Cloutier 3/15/2013 5:49:00 PM
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