Boston Pride wishes to thank the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, particularly Commander Brian Mahoney and Parade Organizer Tim Duross, for accepting the organization’s application to march in the 114th annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade this past Sunday, March 15th.  With the inclusion of Boston Pride and OUTVETS, the Allied War Veterans Council made history and demonstrated that the community of South Boston is an open, diverse and welcoming community.

Additionally, Boston Pride, which will commemorate its 45th anniversary as an organization celebrating the LGBT community in June, also thanks the residents of South Boston and visitors attending the annual parade for their warm welcome. Members who marched were warmly greeted by parade spectators young and old, and felt embraced by the community of South Boston.

Finally, the organization would like to acknowledge a few special guests who marched with the Boston Pride contingent, including: Cathleen Finn, who was a member of the original group of Irish Americans who sought to march in the parade in the 1990s; Steve Kerrigan, the first openly gay man to run for Massachusetts lieutenant governor; and radio personality and past Pride Parade Marshal Fast Freddy Murphy.

We wish everyone in the City of Boston, and beyond, a safe, happy St. Patrick’s Day!

About Boston Pride

Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility and dignity, we educate, communicate and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.

Kicking off June 5 through June 14, Boston Pride will host ten days of events and activities that bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate diversity. Opening with the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Pride Week 2015 will also include the Boston Pride Gala, Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, the Pride Diplomatic Reception, , the Human Rights Forum, Queeraoke, Pride Night @ Fenway Park, the Boston Pride Festival and Parade, the Pride Youth Dance, the Back Bay Block Party, and the JP Block Party.  The theme of this year’s Pride celebration is “45th Anniversary – #WickedProud.”