Finally Boston Pride, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary as an LGBT community event in June, has been accepted by the South Boston Allied War Veteran’s Council to march in the 114th annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will take place on Sunday, March 15th. Sylvain Bruni, President of Boston Pride stated, “We are looking forward to celebrating Boston’s diversity, our veterans & the Irish heritage of so many members of our community by marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. While we recognize there is still much work to be done to protect the rights of the LGBT community both here & around the world & to ensure everyone’s rights to express themselves & to celebrate, we are aware of how symbolically important it is for members of our community to be proudly out among their friends & neighbors as a part of this historic parade.” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh added
"I'm thrilled that the St. Patrick's Day parade is inclusive this year & the addition of Boston Pride to the list of participants reflects the values of the South Boston neighborhood. With this year's parade, Boston is putting years of controversy behind us."
In 1995, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the organizers of the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade had a constitutional right to exclude LGBT organizations & individuals from participating in the annual parade. Twenty years later, Boston Pride & the LGBT community will be marching proudly in the parade, alongside OUTVETS, a group that formed last year & represents openly gay veterans. Bruni concluded, “We are eager to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the same respectful manner we ask participants to observe at the Pride Parade every year. As importantly, we are looking forward to showing our pride in an established Boston tradition & in our community by marching on Sunday & we invite all LGBT and ally individuals to march with us.”
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