LGBT groups have officially joined a St Patrick’s Day parade in Boston for the first time in the festival’s history.
Like the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade, they had until now been banned by organisers who were supported in their decision by the US Supreme Court.
Parade organisers, South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, have now changed their stance and welcomed Outvets, a group representing gay veterans. The group marched in the cities parade over the weekend.
“Finally in the city of Boston we’re seeing the inclusivity we never thought we would see,” said Outvets founder Bryan Bishop, “This is personally one of the greatest days of my life.”
This year was the first time in 20 years that a mayor of Boston marched in the parade. Previously mayors had boycotted the event due to its ant-gay stance but this year, Mayor Marty Walsh, took part.
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