The Scituate St. Patrick’s Day parade first began as a small procession around the block in the seaside neighborhood of Minot. Residents Jim and Janet Campbell, along with the support of their neighbors, organized the event they had been thinking about for years to celebrate Scituates Irish heritage. The first parade in the Irish Riviera, as Scituate has become known, included a few local bands, some homemade floats, and several antique cars. After a couple of years, and with spectator attendance growing and safety becoming an issue, the town asked the Campbells to move the parade to Scituate Harbor and the Scituate Chamber of Commerce took over operations. Chamber member Paula Graham organized the event for two years and then current parade chairman Ed Kelley took over operations in 1999. The parade has since grown 5 times its original length and now runs from the Gates Middle School on First Parish Road through downtown Scituate Harbor (Front Street) onto Jericho Road, ending at the beginning of Hatherly Rd. It is now considered the largest St. Patricks Day parade on the South Shore.
Parking and Shuttle info: Shuttle busses will provide transportation from Scituate High School parking lot ( 606 Route 3A )to and from the starting point of the parade ( Gates Jr. H.S. 327 First Parish Rd ) Shuttle busses will provide transportation from The M.B.T.A. parking lot (Driftway Rd.) to and from the the harbor (Front St.) near St. Mary’s Church.
The Parade begins at the Gates Middle School on First Parish Road. It continues on First Parish Road past the Scituate Fire Station. At Scituate Harbor the parade turns left onto Front Street and continues to Jericho Road where it turns right and ends at Hatherly Road by the Satuit Tavern.