letters | continuing clash over parade

Insistence on veterans smacks of hypocrisy

One of the arguments that has been made for excluding MassEquality from marching in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is that they supposedly lied about having 20 gay veterans ready to march. A group of gay veterans has since rebutted this accusation. My question is: If only groups made up of veterans can march, what’s the story with the students of the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard pulling out of the parade in protest? Should we be sad for all those elementary-age “veterans” who could be denied this opportunity to show their patriotism?

Since when is being a veteran a requirement for marching in a parade celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day?


Photos from the 2013 parade show participants including the New England Brethren of Pirates, the South End Show Stopperz dance team, and an Elvis impersonator.

Give up the hypocrisy already.

Carol Hardy-Fanta


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