Free Fun Things to Do in Boston - Columbus Day Parade 2013Join the Columbus Day Parade in The North End
North End (1 mile)
Haymarket T Station
Sunday, October 13th - 1pm
Columbus Day is a special holiday in our city. Join us as we take to the streets of The North End to celebrate local and American history on Sunday, October 13th! Our annual Columbus Day Parade honors not only the famed explorer's voyage of 1492, but the Massachusetts military, Boston's prevalent Italian heritage, and the very spirit of discovery - it's also the middle of a 3-day weekend! Festivities start at 1pm near the Haymarket T Station, just 1 mile from InterContinental® Boston, then wind through North End streets such as Atlantic Avenue, Hanover Street, and Endicott.
What's in the Parade?
The huge march draws an average of 150,000 revelers from all walks of life, and all across Boston. There are marching bands, military units, actors in colonial garb, Italian-Boston organizations, sports floats, local political figures, vintage cars, and cultural groups of all kinds. Find a clear vantage point along the route and get comfortable, because it lasts a few hours. Stop by our concierge desk for insider recommendations on the best locations to view the parade.
Where to Eat Afterward
Celebrating the parade is sure to leave you famished, ready to relax and recharge over a delicious meal. Why not head back to InterContinental® Boston for a taste of our signature restaurants?
* Lucca Restaurant - 226 Hanover Street $$$
Upscale Northern Italian in an elegant and charming setting with a late-night menu and lively bar
* Bricco - 241 Hanover Street $$$
A lively and modern dining room featuring innovative regional Italian cuisine
* Strega - 379 Hanover Street $$
Just steps from the Old North Church, Nic Varano's Italian jewel, combines exquisite flavors with a handful of character. A must go in the North End.
* Carmen - 33 North Square $$$
Located just steps from Paul Revere's house, this is the place for excellent Italian in a cozy setting
* Prezza - 24 Fleet Street $$$$
Hip, modern Northern-Southern Italian in a sleek dining room and bar
* Taranta 210 Hanover St. $$
Peru meets Italy at this North End hotspot. Chef Jose Duarte is passionate about sustainability and traceability, and the restaurant is certified \"green.\" Try the daily preparation of the paiche, a huge fish from the Amazon.
* Antico Forno - 93 Salem Street $$
Their wood-burning brick oven sets the stage at this North End's rustic trattoria
* Limoncello - 190 North Street $$
Located just steps from Paul Revere's house, this is the place for excellent Italian served by a wonderful staff
* Villa Francesca - 150 Richmond Street $$
Serving traditional Italian cuisine with old world hospitality amidst turn of the century splendor. An evening success.
* Tresca - 233 Hanover Street $$$
Enjoy an incomparable dinner at this North End Wonder. The freshest Italian flavors with a great after dinner atmosphere.
* Riccardo's - 175 North Street $$
* Located steps from Paul Revere's house, this is a place for excellent Italian in a cozy, intimate setting, with warm service.