|In all my peace parade glory!|
The whole parade was great fun this year. Though we didn't get much coverage in the mainstream media, I like to think that the "peace parade" is part of the tide turning in Boston -- the story behind the story. I also like to think that if Howard Zinn were still alive, he'd write it up!
Some personal highlights for me (beyond the blog post linked above) included the participation of my own congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover. Two photos of our contingent are just below, jumbo size!
Addendum: The local paper, the Andover Townsman, wrote this article about our participation.
|The First Church Somerville UCC's minister on tambourine!|
It was a pleasure to be a part of the parade this year. I particularly enjoyed being one of the many volunteer organizers, working with other members of Veterans For Peace and lots of great organizations from the LGBTQ community; read their letter of solidarity.
The mainstream media had a near "blackout" on covering the St. Patrick's Peace Parade. There were a few great editorials about the situation, including this piece in the Boston Herald by Margery Eagan. There was also some press coverage about the peace parade grand marshals, Carlos and Melida Arredondo, heroes from the Boston Marathon bombings. Happily, today, there was a bit of coverage in the Boston Globe about yesterday's peace parade in this article by Jeremy C. Fox.
Things keep looking up, though. It was exciting this year that some sponsors of the Allied War Veterans Council's St. Patrick's Day Parade (the one that excludes the LGBTQ community from marching openly, as well as excluding Veterans For Peace) decided to pull out, including beer companies! For beer companies to pull out of supporting what has become a popular drinking occasion is a powerful statement.
Let's hope that soon, there will be one, unified, inclusive parade! Boston deserves nothing less.