I’m telling you if the Organizers of the St. Patrick’s day parade don’t start getting more courage their parade will turn into a parade celebrating the Wonderful Witch of the Wiccam or the Beneficent Rule of Beelzebub. Don’t they know there will always be others wanting to tell them what to do.?
A group of guys fought for the Organizers taking a case all the way to the Supreme Court to give them the right every other parade organizers have in the nation which is to decide who will march in their parade. Having won that right in a 9 – 0 opinion in the Supreme Court, it sometimes appears that they want to give it up.
I know Mayor Walsh in a cowardly move tried to take it away from them by cutting their route in half. They fought that. Judge Richard Stearns of the Federal District court in Boston was a little too wise to be tricked by the public safety excuse and stopped that with the help of Attorney Chester Darlilng.
I’m not talking about that. I read that another group who was kept out of the parade is using the Boston Police Commissioner William “We Are All Muslms” Evans and others to pressure the Organizers into including them in the parade. I read that “Evans “personally went before the Allied War Veterans Council, which organizes the parade, to argue their case.”
It’s time for the Organizers to stop opening up the door for people to argue they should be included in the parade. The Organizers should make their decisions on their own and decide what message they want the marchers in their parade to convey. They should do it without outside interference. It should be clear to them that they have that right and that they don’t have to offer an explanation to anyone why they are making a decision,.
A columnist wrote to say he knows better than the Organizers by saying their decision was “an outrage.” He went on:”This parade might well be the most litigated in American history, and much of that litigation has been about the right to keep people out of it. Organizers have won those battles, but at the expense of reinforcing a reputation for intolerance and insularity that much of South Boston desperately wants to shed.”
True, it may be the most litigious but is it any wonder since it has constantly been under attack by others who want their message included rather than that of the Organizers. To please these others and their supporters, the Organizers have stepped back as each attack continued hoping they would end. Now they should see the more they retreats the more they will be attacked.
Think of the gall of that columnist writing that South Boston’s reputation is that of “intolerance and insularity” when it is he, and many of his cohorts at his newspapers, who have falsely labeled South Boston as such. Those are the people who will beat up on Southie at each and every opportunity. Stop trying to please them.
The group being kept out this year are the Veterans for Peace. Their message is that our wars are wrong. The Organizers believe that diminishes the value of serving in the armed forces, causes hurt to the many families who have sacrificed loved ones in the defense of this nations, and injects a negative tone into what should be a day of celebration. The columnist calls this absurd.
It is time for the Organizers to stand tall and protect your message. There are enough parades in Boston for everyone who has a message to sneak into. Here are six that come to the top of my head: the First Night’s People’s Parade, the Dorchester Day Parade, the Boston Pride Parade, the Caribbean Parade, the Columbus Day Parade, the Veteran’s Day parade.
Why is it every group barred from the Southie gets a media platform for its beef? Why is it only the St. Patrick’s Day parade that causes such angst at the Boston Globe? Why is it you never hear about excluded groups at any other parades in Boston?
Don’t tell me it’s because it is associated with the Irish and South Boston. Nah, wouldn’t be that. Must be something to do with the arrival of spring.
Happy St Patrick’s
Evacuation Exclusionary Day parade. May it travel in peace.