St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bans Awareness Groups

By: greenmelinda

by Justina Patch

The St. Patrick’s Day parade held in South Boston decided to reject applications from LGBT activist groups to participate in the parade.  The parade organizers, which are apart of the Allied War Veterans Council, found in the Supreme Court decision in Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston  that the parade organizers are legally able to exclude LGBT groups from participating.

“It is disappointing that in this climate, parade organizers would choose to reject our application to participate in Sunday’s parade,” Suffredini said

With Massachusetts being one of the first states to legalize gay marriage, this just boggles my mind as to why Boston would decide to exclude the gay community from participating.  Also with several people attending the parade, this would be the best place to get awareness out to the public.  However an alternative parade was held an hour after the original parade, along the same parade route.  Unfortunately, not many people were aware of this because this is only the second year that this has happened.  Change may be slowly happening for the LGBT community, but the awareness is still getting out there.

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