The Boston Beer Company announced yesterday that they will not be participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston next Monday.
This new comes after the brewery has participated in the parade in nearly a decade only to find out that various gay groups have been banned from parading in Southie this year despite MassEquality’s best efforts to get this issue resolved. According to a Boston Globe article , a group of gay veterans haven’t been authorized to march on Monday and this caused both the newly elected mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Beer Company to be amongst a growing number of people who have decided to cancel their appearance.
Below is the full statement released by the brewery:
(Boston, MA) – The Boston Beer Company announced on Friday that it would not participate in this year’s South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Gay groups have reportedly been banned from marching though, up to this week, there was hope that a deal could be struck. The full statement below…
We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade for nearly a decade and have also supported the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast year after year. We’ve done so because of the rich history of the event and to support veterans who have done so much for this country.
We were hopeful that both sides of this issue would be able to come to an agreement that would allow everyone, regardless of orientation, to participate in the parade. But given the current status of the negotiations, we realize this may not be possible.
We share these sentiments with Mayor Walsh, Congressman Lynch and others and therefore we will not participate in this year’s parade. We will continue to support Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and her St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. We wish her all the best in her historic stewardship of this tradition.