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By adamg - 1/19/21 - 3:45 pm

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced today it's called off the annual South Boston parade due to Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/20 - 1:52 pm
St. Patrick's sort of parade on Sunday

Chad Parenteau reports he and his girlfriend were driving down Broadway yesterday when:

We came across a flash mob Saint Patrick's parade of sorts. People driving around decorated vehicles and screaming from their windows (and even the open back of a van).

By Ron Newman - 3/12/20 - 12:43 am

The Scituate St. Patrick's Day parade, the smaller family-friendly alternative to South Boston's, is "Postponed indefinitely", according to its web page. Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/20 - 6:08 pm

Mayor Walsh made the announcement this afternoon: Read more.

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By adamg - 3/18/18 - 7:39 pm
Tin Woodsman in St. Patrick's parade in South Boston

Redsox 223 took in the St. Patrick's parade in South Boston today.

It was a bit nippy today, so as Eileen Murphy shows us, Keegan, Delaney and Kaylee Nolan of Nashua, NH, got bundled up (especially Delaney): Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/18 - 1:25 pm

The Allied War Veterans Council said today it will not contest Mayor Walsh's decision to cut the route of the St. Patrick's parade on Sunday by more than half because of snow piles expected to remain along the route. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/17 - 10:06 pm

The longer Post story is a decent overview of the events leading up to OutVets getting to march in next weekend's St. Patrick's parade.

The shorter story, which got smashed onto the top of that account, is a stereotypical outsider's movie-tinged view of Boston that makes it sound like the entire city of Boston somehow shares in the blame for a small group of bigots (some not even from Boston) who still think it's 1965. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/17 - 10:40 pm

OutVets, which represents LGBTQ veterans, says the board of the Allied War Veterans Council voted 11-0 tonight to let the group march in next week's St. Patrick's parade in South Boston - reversing an earlier vote to boot them - and to let members march in all future parades:

We are honored and humbled by all the outpouring of support that has been displayed for our LGBTQ Veterans - who are one of the most unrepresented demographic in our Veterans community. We look forward to marching proudly on March 19th and honoring the service and sacrifice of those brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country.

By adamg - 3/10/17 - 2:04 pm

The City of Boston Credit Union announced today it's dropping out of the St. Patrick's Day parade because of the exclusion of OutVets: Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/17 - 10:33 am

Teamsters Local 25 announced today that if a gay veterans' group can't march in the St. Patrick's parade in South Boston, then it will stay away as well. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/17 - 10:52 am

Dan Magoon, who heads an organization to honor and support Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families, today quit his honorary position as head of the South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade after its organizers voted to bar a gay veterans group from the procession.

Mayor Walsh also said this morning he will not march in the parade if the votes stands.

In a message to the board of the Allied War Veterans Council this morning, Magoon ... Read more.

By adamg - 9/15/16 - 8:23 pm

A federal judge today tossed out the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council's latest legal effort to get the city to leave it alone and do whatever it wants with the St. Patrick's Day parade. But US District Court Judge Richard Stearns left the door open to a lawsuit over next year's parade. Read more.

By adamg - 3/22/16 - 2:37 pm

A North Attleboro man was ordered held on $25,000 bail yesterday on gun charges affter an incident on an MBTA shuttle bus after the St. Patrick's Day parade, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/16 - 2:47 pm

Boston Police report arresting four alleged lunkheads for lunkhead-type behavior during yesterday's extended-version St. Patrick's Day parade - none from anywhere near South Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/16 - 12:29 am
Bagpiper in South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade

Arturo Gossage took a lot of photos at the St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 3/15/16 - 3:46 pm

WFXT reports.

US District Court Judge Richard Stearns rejected the city's argument that public-safety concerns - in particular the threat of terrorist attack and hours of milling about by drunken louts in Andrew Square - coupled with the ability of parade goers to fill in empty spaces along Broadway - outweighed the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council's First Amendment rights to march as long as they want.

By adamg - 3/15/16 - 7:50 am

UPDATE: Judge overrules city.

As promised, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council has gone to court to seek an order forcing the city to let it run the St. Patrick's Day parade from Broadway station to Andrew Square, rather than forcing the parade to stop at Farragut Road. Read more.

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