The South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade has been a celebrated part of Southie history for over 100 years. This event is world-renowned and covered by international, national and local press. The parade brings a huge number of participants and on-lookers and provides an amazing spectacle for visitors and residents alike. Local residents fondly remember parades past and look forward to sharing the event with their children and grandchildren.
In 1995, in the Hurley v. Irish American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston case it was determined that because the Allied War Veterans Council is a private group they are able to exclude groups as they see fit and therefore the Allied War Veterans Council has sole authority over who participates.
In response, a second parade for those excluded has been created which makes for a very long day for parade goers and especially for the Boston Police who diligently protect parade participants and onlookers at both parades.
South Boston is a changing neighborhood with families and young professionals learning to live side by side. We want to preserve the St. Patrick’s Day parade tradition as the neighborhood changes and see it become a unifying event. We ask you to join us and challenge the Allied War Veterans Council to invite all participants for one parade.
We understand and respect your right to choose who participates but ask that you set an example for our youth and protect the safety of our youth, the community and the police.