Allied War Veterans Council Commander Brian Mahoney writes this week that some hapless volunteer mistakenly approved Boston Pride's application to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, that he and other parade officials didn't know the group was gay until two days before the parade and decided to let them march anyway.
St. Patrick's Day
Arturo Gossage was among the thousands who lined Broadway today for the annual, if winter-shortened, St. Patrick's Day parade. At least today's (record breaking?) snow held off until after the parade had ended.
Among the photos he took: This unusual car:
The Massachusetts chapter of the Knights of Columbus vaguely blames somebody for forcing it to stay away:
The LGBT group announced today:
Boston Pride, which will commemorate its 45th anniversary as an organization celebrating the LGBT community in June, has been accepted by the South Boston Allied War Veteranâ€™s Council to march in the 114th annual South Boston St. Patrickâ€™s Day Parade.
The council had previously given the OK for a contingent from OUTVets after years of fighting to keep LGBT groups out.
617 Images shows us the Make Way for Ducklings ducks are ready for St. Patrick's Day.
Mayor Walsh and parade organizers tonight agreed on a shortened St. Patrick's parade on March 15 that will go from Broadway station to Farragut Road.
In a statement, the mayor added:
This weekend, organizers of the parade will be coordinating a volunteer effort, with the assistance of the City, to clear the remaining snow on the modified route.
Associated Press reports.
When they do the weather, they're not actually standing in front of a weather map, but instead a green screen onto which the station projects the maps (they know where to point by looking at a monitor, which gave us the Pete Bouchard Incident). So if they wore green, they'd look like they have parts missing (whatever is covered by the green). Matt Noyes reports:
A few years ago, got a complaint I wasn't wearing green on St. Paddy's Day. So, donned a green cloak & went invisible.
As the Globe told us this morning, a "small contingent" of gay South Boston residents quietly marched in today's parade.
Also marching today: Scott Lively, a Springfield minister who wants to make it illegal to promote gay rights and who has written that the Nazis were especially evil because their leaders, including Hitler, were gay.
We headed south for a parade today - way south, all the way to Scituate, where we found your classic small-town parade, only with a lot more green.
Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, even chihuahuas:
Bob DeLeo posted this selfie from the St. Patrick's Day breakfast.
This just in from the mayor's office:
The St. Patrick's Day parade was born out of the celebration of Evacuation Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor our military and those brave Americans who have banded together for the sake of freedom. And so much of our Irish history has been shaped by the fight against oppression.
For our Jewish friends: The Bruegger's on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury has green plain bagels.
We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patrickâ€™s Day Parade for nearly a decade and have also supported the St. Patrickâ€™s Day breakfast year after year. Weâ€™ve done so because of the rich history of the event and to support veterans who have done so much for this country.
UPDATE, Friday a.m.: Sam Adams drops sponsorship of the parade.
Club Cafe on Columbus Avenue says it is dropping Sam Adams for its decision to continue sponsoring the St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston.
In a post on its Facebook page, its owners say they'll resume sales of the beer when either LGBT groups are allowed to march openly in the parade or the Boston Beer Co. stops sponsoring the parade.
And his wife declares he's not a bigot. Glad that's settled.
The Council performs background checks on groups wishing to march prior to their acceptance. We were unable to find any evidence of LGBT Veterans for Equality that would confirm them as a recognized Veterans Organization.
We appreciate the efforts the Mayorâ€™s office to try and mediate this issue. However it is our intention to keep this an Irish Celebration, dedicated to our Men and Women serving in our Armed Forces. We will fight to keep our parade and its traditions.
Peter Wilson at WBZ reports the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard won't let its students march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston because it doesn't want anybody thinking it condones "the homosexual lifestyle" it's apparently convinced parade organizers now countenance by letting a group that supports gay rights promote "diversity."
The school pulled out of a parade in Worcester last year for the same reason.