Thousands brave rain for St. Patrick’s Day parade – WHDH-TV

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015
Thousands of people braved the rain and clouds Sunday and lined the streets in Southie for the neighborhood’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The crowd, many wearing shades of green, watched as politicians joined the troops, bagpipes and bands in the parade. Both Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh were marching in their first St. Patrick’s Day parade since taking office.

History was also made this year as two LGBT groups were allowed to march for the first time. Boston Pride and OutVets, which consists of LGBT military veterans, joined the other organizations in the South Boston parade.
“For so many years, thousands of officers were discharged because of their sexuality,” said OutVets founder Bryan Bishop. “Now, today your service matters.”

“People are excited today that this is an inclusive parade and we all get to march together,” said Walsh.

Police said 10 people were arrested during the parade. More than 270 citations were also issued for various offenses, including public drinking.


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