One step closer – two steps back to an inclusive parade
It seemed too good to be true – parade organizers and MassEquality coming to an agreement when it comes to an inclusive St. Patrick’s Day Parade. On Saturday, the Boston Globe reported MassEquality – the statewide advocacy group for LBGTQ had been invited to march by the Allied War Veterans who organize the parade and it seemed as though the two decade long battle between parade organizers and gay marchers.
But not so fast, the Allied War Veterans rule of marchers cannot wear shirts or hold signs bearing the word “gay” is not sitting well with MassEquality. This “Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell” situation could be a deal breaker.
Mayor Marty Walsh who apparently really likes marching in our parade – has been working hard to bring both sides to the table and come to agreement. Walsh is optimistic that a deal can be made.
So we shall see, Southie! The parade is March 16th and it would be nice to usher in a new era for the St. Patrikc’s Day Parade and South Boston – an era that reflects our inclusive neighborhood of 2014.
Erin Go Bragh!