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For first time, South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade welcomes LGBT groups (+video)
The inclusion of Boston Pride and OUTVETS has prompted Boston’s mayor to march in the parade for the first time in 20 years.
The Christian Science Monitor
“While we recognize there is still much work to be done to protect the rights of the LGBT community both here and around the world, and to ensure everyone’s rights to express themselves and to celebrate, we are aware of how symbolically important it is for members of our community to be proudly out among their friends and neighbors as a part of this historic parade,” said Sylvain Bruni, president of Boston Pride, in a statement.
“I’m thrilled that the St. Patrick’s Day parade is inclusive this year, and the addition of Boston Pride to the list of participants reflects the values of the South Boston neighborhood,” said Mayor Walsh, according to the statement. “With this year’s parade, Boston is putting years of controversy behind us.”