In less than two hours, U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns ruled that the City of Boston cannot shorten the parade route on March 20th. On Monday, the Allied War Veterans Council filed suit against the City of Boston stating the condensed parade route was a violation of their First Amendment right to free speech and assembly. The judge agreed.
Everything from public safety to underaged drinking were mentioned as part of the city’s testimony for shortening the parade route. Basically the parade day is a big pain in the ass to the BPD.
Stearns said the city had a great argument for banning the sale of alcohol on parade day — but not for shortening the route. Stearns also called out the city for not formally changing the route until the end of February.
So it’s back to the old traditional route beginning at Broadway Station winding through the streets of Southie passed Dorchester Heights and ending Andrew Square.
What do we expect? Police to be out in full force, making arrests for public drinking, noise violations, etc. in record numbers. This will help prove the city’s point next year when they no doubt will try to shorten the route again out of spite.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!