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Boston Mayor May Boycott St. Patrick's Day Parade

Mayor Walsh is opting to boycott the parade unless organizers allow gay and lesbian groups to march.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is considering boycotting the 2014 St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston if organizers don't allow gay and lesbian groups to participate, according to WBZ

Walsh told WBZ that a gay veterans group plans to submit an application for this year's parade, and the mayor is expected to meet with organizers on Thursday, according to the report. 

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino had previously refused to participate in the parade due to a 1995 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that allowed organizers to exclude gay and lesbian groups from taking part in the parade, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press has reported that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has also said he's planning to boycott this year's parade in Manhattan because participating aren't allowed to carry signs or banners that identify them as gay. 

The parade in South Boston is scheduled for Sunday, March 16. For more information, visit SouthBostonParade.org

just thinking February 28, 2014 at 03:02 AM
thats right marty stick to the peolpe,who put you in office.you are pulling an obama,be for gay's when you think nobody is paying attention.I will keep this alive if you run for another offic

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