March 17th, 1901
The First Annual Southie St. Paddy’s Day Parade. Whether it was the Ticonderoga cannons atop Dorchester Heights, or the strong urge for a frosty tankard (ding!), the British left the Hub on St. Patrick’s Day so that we could finally get around to being ‘Merica. 125 years later, the good folks in Southie commemorated this with a parade, back when parades were fun or something. Today, people mostly ignore the pimply marching bands, pretend to be Irish, and behave questionably.
The "Ward 8" is created. It’s essentially a whiskey sour with some grenadine... and our only gift to the realm of classic cocktails. The exact origin and actual ingredients are hotly contested, but it likely celebrates the election of Martin "The Mahatma" Lomasney and is so dubbed because Ward 8 (Roxbury and the South End) propelled the man into state legislature. Along with his nickname and some "handshakes".