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St. Patrick's Day Parade

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.

By adamg - 3/13/16 - 9:22 am

Eileen Murphy and Kenny Jervis report getting calls from pollsters yesterday asking their feelings on the city shortening the route of this year's St. Patrick's Day parade - and if they'd vote for Marty Walsh next year.

Jervis says he actually got two calls - one that started out with the parade question, one that asked him about Boston schools (bonus for him, since he's co-chair of the Citywide Parents Council).

By adamg - 3/3/16 - 10:29 am

Long-time South Boston residents are fighting a city edict to shorten this year's St. Patrick's Day parade - and vowing they will remember the mayor's role come next election.

In 1978, though, the roles were reversed: Parade organizers wanted to shorten the route but City Hall wouldn't let them. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/16 - 1:22 pm

City Hall apparently thinks last year's snow-shortened route for the St. Patrick's parade in South Boston worked so well it's ordering up another shortened parade this year as well, parade organizers say - a decision that is not sitting at all well with many people in the neighborhood.

Under orders from the mayor's office last week, the parade, which will still start at Broadway station, will end at Farragut Road, rather than swinging south and heading towards Andrew Square. Read more.

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By adamg - 11/24/15 - 10:39 pm

The Herald reports.

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