BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — While going to church is the tradition in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day — going to the pub is the tradition for many in Boston. The atmosphere has finally returned to normal at the Black Rose in downtown Boston after two years of COVID restrictions.
Jubilation and relief were in the air, and the pub was packed as early as 8:30 AM.
"I might cry," said one reveler, Donna. She made a pilgrimage to Boston all the way from Philadelphia, and said there's no place like here to celebrate the holiday — she used to live in Boston.
The highlight of the day will be the Dropkick Murphys at the Boston House of Blues.
"I used to live up here and I could never get tickets. Finally I got one and I was like, 'I'm doing it, this is the year,'" she said.
John from Charlestown said he's glad to be back. "It's been a couple years, but you've got to come down to the Black Rose, it's the best glass of Guinness in the city," he said.
He was also planning to finish out the evening with the Dropkicks concert. Other events like pub crawls are scheduled across the city, and the big event — the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade — is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00.
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