Start & Finish

The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. in Lower Mills at the corner of Washington Street & Dorchester Avenue and travels along Dorchester Avenue to Savin Hill at the corner of Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue. The parade route is 3.2 miles.  The parade is on Sunday, June 2nd.

Chief Marshal

Jeff Buckley, Marine Corp Veteran and volunteer with ADSL will be this year’s chief marshal!  Make sure to look for him leading the parade! A special banquet in his honor will be held on Thursday, May 30th, at Florian Hall, with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7.  Also honored at this event are the Mayor of Dorchester, Maeghan Driscoll, Little Miss Dorchester Nicole Adkins, and Young Miss Dorchester Isabella Robbins!

One to Watch – Dorchester Brewing

Be on the lookout for this crowd-pleasing float by Dorchester Brewing Co. They always have a fun and festive theme!

Street Closures

The Dorchester Day Parade starts at Dorchester Avenue at Adams Street in Lower Mills and will travel from Dorchester Avenue to Columbia Road. This portion of Dorchester Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to 10 AM. In addition, temporary “Tow Zone, No Stopping” parking regulations will be in effect as follows:

Dorchester Avenue, from Pierce Square to Columbia Road

Adams Street, from Pierce Square heading south to the Milton Line

Richmond Street, from Morton Street to Adams Street

Butler Street, from Adams Street to Richmond Street.

Run the Dorchester Day 5K

Lace-up your sneakers and participate in the 2024 Dot Day Road Race on Sunday, June 2nd!  You can register here!  This family-friendly 5K is for all ages and abilities and begins and ends at the Blarney Stone restaurant just before the annual Dot Day Parade!

Registration for adults and teenagers 12+ is just $30 if you sign up in advance. Registration for youth 11 and under is $15. (Same-day registration is $35 for 12+ and $20 for kids!)

You can learn more here! 

Learn the History of Dot Day

Read our History Lesson on the Dorchester Day Parade

One Comment

  1. Cathy Armer June 3, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    For folks not in the know (like me) and because Google Maps doesn’t have this location: Pierce Square appears to be the Dorchester Ave/Adams St/Washington St intersection in Lower Mills, Dorchester.

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