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South Boston sweeps up after St. Patrick's Day Parade

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 19, 2012 04:19 PM

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Some trash scattered along the sidewalk on G Street.

Once the St. Patrick's Day festivities end in South Boston. most people head out of the neighborhood, but one thing that always sticks around is the trash.

Residents around Thomas Park and the Dorchester Heights Monument were out in the sun Monday afternoon, sweeping sidewalks and side streets and trying to pick up the mess left by parade-goers.

"It's the same thing every year," said Linda Chapin, 55, a life-long South Boston resident as she swept the sidewalk and gutter along G Street. "I think there was more [trash] this year because it was so nice outside."

With large numbers at yesterday's parade, it's no surprise that in its wake was a sea of cigarette butts, beer cans, and candy wrappers.

Chapin said the way the neighborhood is treated makes her feel like those watching the parade have no regard for the residents that live there.

"Anything they need to dump they just throw on the streets," said Chapin, whose daughter Jennifer was out helping her clean up. "I'm offended by the trash any day of the week, but it's just something we have to deal with."

Heather Gilmore, 31, also thought the streets were looking pretty shabby after the parade.

"I did notice that they were pretty dirty,"Gilmore, a 10-year resident of South Boston, said as she walked her dog. "I think they [the city] did a better job in years past. The side streets were gross."

Still, Gilmore is glad it's just a once-a-year occurrence. "If it was every weekend it would be one thing,'' she said. "I just think everyone needs to pitch in."

Another G Street resident, Karen Peterson, also thought more trash cans might help.

"I think trash receptacles along the parade route would make a huge difference," said Peterson, as she swept the sidewalk in front of her home.

While some had concerns with the trash, others felt it was a small price to pay for such a great parade.

"It's just part of it [the parade] and they [the city] do a good job at cleaning it all up," said a woman who would identify herself only as Lucy C., as she walked along G Street.

The city's Department of Public Works, which handles trash disposal for the city, said it had sweepers, trash trucks and workers out the past two days, but with the large crowds, the volume of trash inevitably increases.

"We were out there last night and got up this morning and were back out there," said Joanne Massaro, commissioner of the Department of Public Works. "I think the weather contributes. It's [the trash] proportional to the crowds."

While the parade ended Sunday, Massaro said her department's work isn't done and they will continue to be out in the neighborhood picking up trash, especially targeting the side streets.

"These types of events always generate a lot of trash and our job is to keep cleaning up," Massaro said.
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Linda Chapin and her daughter Jennifer, sweep the sidewalk on G Street.


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