South Boston High School aerial view - Digital Commonwealth

South Boston High School aerial view - Digital Commonwealth

An American flag chair is used as a space saver on East 5th Street. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe.

Southie’s creative winter parking-spot saving tradition

An American flag chair is used as a space saver on East 5th Street. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe.

An umbrella and chair combo saved a parking spot in South Boston last winter.

Southie’s creative winter parking-spot saving tradition

An umbrella and chair combo saved a parking spot in South Boston last winter.

Even if the golf courses are closed there’s still a use for a golf bag in Southie, where it was used as a parking spot saver last winter.

Southie’s creative winter parking-spot saving tradition

Even if the golf courses are closed there’s still a use for a golf bag in Southie, where it was used as a parking spot saver last winter.

Throughout the 1920s, Boston’s City Planning Board took a series of aerial photographs of South Boston. Here are some of those images, courtesy of the City of Boston Archives.

Throughout the 1920s, Boston’s City Planning Board took a series of aerial photographs of South Boston. Here are some of those images, courtesy of the City of Boston Archives.

Tin men from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 walked the 2013 St. Patricks Day parade route in Southie.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston 2013

Tin men from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 walked the 2013 St. Patricks Day parade route in Southie.

80 years of family on the same back steps. St. Patrick's Day Instagrams around Boston - Boston.com

80 years of family on the same back steps. St. Patrick's Day Instagrams around Boston - Boston.com

St. Patrick's Day Instagrams around Boston - Boston.com

St. Patrick's Day Instagrams around Boston - Boston.com

More modern history: The City of Boston sponsored the event until 1947, when Mayor James Michael Curley gave authority to the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.

History of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

More modern history: The City of Boston sponsored the event until 1947, when Mayor James Michael Curley gave authority to the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.

The Charitable Irish Society held the first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 1724, according to Boston Irish historian Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan.

History of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

The Charitable Irish Society held the first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 1724, according to Boston Irish historian Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan.

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