Time to start a new month of information to share with visitors and locals.
Destination Expert, forgotmypword actually started this conversation back in December when someone asked about hotel rates this month.
"St Patrick's Day (March 17) is a popular time to visit Boston. The parade is the 15th. On top of that, there is a large convention. The Seafood Expo/seafood processors convention is from the 15th-17th and is expecting 18,000 attendees"
Here are the numbers on conventions and large meetings that will impact hotel prices and in some cases make dinner reservations harder to find in certain areas of the city.
From the 12th -14th there is a 6,000 person event at the Hynes in the Back Bay. The rest of the big events are out in the Seaport district and won't be noticed by most locals and visitors. From the 15th-17th 18,000 visitors at BCEC and the 28th to the 31st there are two events in that area with a total of 18,000 attendees.
There is always a lot of information about St. Patrick's Day in Boston. If you do want to explore Irish history on March 17th here's a link to the Irish Heritage Trail.
In the North End St. Joseph's Day (March 19th) is important because all the bakeries make Zeppole di San Giuseppe in honor of the day. These are delightful fried pastries filled with cream and cherries. My own favorite is at Modern Pastry. You'll find a photo of it here.
You could go from Modern to Maria's and so on down the streets tasting different versions. These are also made by bakeries throughout the area this time of year. Please share your favorite spots for Zeppole.