St Patrick's Day Parade + St Patrick's Peace Parade, Boston :: March 2011
"Backwards March," by Margery Eagan: "The St. Patrick's Day parade has become a wincing embarrassment to this city. Its organizer, South Boston's Allied War Veterans Council, has again denied participation to gay groups and veterans who oppose our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both rejected groups will nonetheless march anyway, in exile, about a mile behind the parade and behind city street sweepers as well. And Boston taxpayers will help pay for this mess. “I don't know nothing about it.” That's what parade organizer Philip Wuschke told me Friday when asked why he blackballed Veterans for Peace and their message: Bring the Troops Home and Take Care of Them When They Get Here..."