Boston Mayor Will Not Participate in Today's St Patrick's Day Parade

After yesterday's last ditch effort for parade organizers and the group of LGBTQ vets looking to march to come to an agreement, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that he will be following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Mayor Menino and will not marching in the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade. His statement:

The St. Patrick's Day parade was born out of the celebration of Evacuation Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor our military and those brave Americans who have banded together for the sake of freedom. And so much of our Irish history has been shaped by the fight against oppression.

I'm disappointed that this year, I will be unable to participate in the parade. As mayor of the city of Boston, I have to do my best to ensure that all Bostonians are free to participate fully in the civic life of our city. Unfortunately, this year, the parties were not able to come to an understanding that would have made that possible.

I look forward to participating in this morning's breakfast with my friend Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and I plan to spend the afternoon with my family. On behalf of my entire staff, we wish the entire city a happy Saint Patrick's Day.

On Friday, Boston Beer Co (Sam Adams) announce that they were pulling their support and the Boston Herald notes that there are many other long time supporters that have also backed out:

First the Westin Waterfront. Gone. Then Gillette. Then Clear Channel's JAM'N 94.5, which used to send a float. Then Entercom's WAAF 97.7/107.3, which sent a float with a station banner. Then Entercom's WEEI 93.7, which sent station street teams to hand out Red Sox schedules along the route. Then CBS local's Mix 104.1 and AMP 103.3, which used to send station cars. Then Great Media's Hot 96.9 FM. Gone, gone, gone, gone, and gone.

Since the Mayor not marching hasn't improved this situation in the past 20 years, here's hoping that the combination of politicians and local supporters (aka $$$) backing out will finally get these homophobic parade organizers to get their act together already.