Boston Gays Crash St. Patrick's Day Parade
Never tell us we're not invited to a party!
A group of 30 marchers, mostly gay men, crashed Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade. The group marched (along with a float) as part of a community park building organization, but that didn't stop them from firing a rainbow canon and throwing out rainbow beads to the delight of the Boston crowd!
The marchers pulled out their secret weapon — they had brought nearly 500 pounds of plastic bead necklaces. People stood three deep at metal police barricades and held their hands above their heads, jumping up and down as they screamed for beads. The marchers obliged and tossed green and rainbow-colored necklaces into the crowd.
“This is a blast. You can feel the energy,” said Randy Foster, who lives a few block off the parade route and spearheaded the float. “I don’t know if they know I’m gay. And who cares?”
The group wore scally caps and rainbow-colored bead necklaces. Some wore ties; others had donned jeans and sweaters. As they marched up Broadway, cheers continued.The men were not marching as a gay advocacy group. They marched as a community group that had coalesced around building a park. Many of the people walking with the float just happened to be gay.
The float with the rainbow cannon fire was pulled by a pickup truck with a banner that read, “Celebrate the diversity of Boston.” But there was nothing to indicate that the group consisted largely of gay marchers.
In its parade application, the contingent described its entry as a “diversity float” that would welcome people of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. They had approval from parade organizers to wear scarves with a variety of colors and symbols, including an equal sign for gay rights.
But none of the marchers wore scarves.
“You’ve got 25 gay guys marching,” Foster said. “Any of them could have chosen to wear a scarf to make a statement. None of them did.”
No word yet on whether the Parade organizers had a problem with the gays hijacking their parade. We can pretty much guarantee we were the life of the party!
(H/T: Edge New England)