[act-ma] [UJP] St. Patrick’s Peace Parade!

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======== ST. PATRICK’S PEACE PARADE! =======================================

         STEWARDSHIP, SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE ------------------------------

-------- /UNITE, PARTICIPATE, CELEBRATE/ -------------------------------------

  *Sunday, March 16, 2014, 2:00 pm* *D Street & West Broadway, South Boston*  
/Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags / ====================================

Assemble: 2pm.  Parade start: 3pm   

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There are several DIVISIONS marching in the parade, as well as two marching  
bands, Duck Boats, bagpipers, and the Bread and Puppet Theater.. The  
DIVISIONS are: Veterans groups; Peace groups; LGBT groups; Faith groups;  
environmental groups; social and economic justice groups; labor groups;  
political groups. Please invite your group(s) to come! Contact: Veterans for  
Peace, Pat Scanlon, info at massvfp.org [2], 978-475-1776; Massachusetts Peace  
Action, Cole Harrison,info at masspeaceaction.org [3], 617-354-2169; faith  
groups contact Lara Hoke, minister at uuandover.org [4].

*Web*: smedleyfvp.org [5] *Twitter*: @SmedleyVFP [6]   *Facebook*:  
 www.facebook.com/smedleyvfp [7]

Please join us for our *Fourth Annual Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade*, the  
Alternative People’s Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental  
Stewardship, Social and Economic Justice.



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The parade route is 4.5 miles and ends at Andrew Station.

*Rides *along the parade route are available for those who need them, but  
please let us know ahead of time that you may need a ride.

*Come by T *if at all possible as the area will be very  
congested. *Broadway* is the closest MBTA subway station.

*Parking *is available for participants in the St. Patrick’s Peace Parade.  
 Vehicles /*must*/ enter from the north from Summer Street onto D Street;  
the parking lot is at 383 D Street. Look for the lot with 40 foot white truck  
trailers.   Allow extra time for traffic.

*From the North*
Route I-93 to South Station exit (20 A). Merge onto Purchase Street to light  
(100 feet). Make a left onto Summer Street (will pass South Station on  
right). Go approx. 1 mile to Convention Center. Turn right onto D Street,  
parking lot .2 mile up on left, (look for VFP Flag)

*From South*

Route I-93 – Take exit 20 toward South Station. Follow signs for Chinatown,  
continue straight onto Lincoln Street, turn right onto Kneeland Street, turn  
left onto Atlantic, south Station will be up on your right. Take a right onto  
Summer Street. Go approx. 1 mile to Convention Center. Turn right onto D  
Street, parking lot .2 mile up on left, (look for VFP Flag)

Map of the Parade Route [9]

*Why are there two parades in South Boston on Saint Patrick’s Day?*

For the past four  years Veterans For Peace have been denied to walk in the  
historic Saint Patrick’s Parade in South Boston. This is the largest parade  
of its kind in the country with over 700,000 people viewing the parade. The  
parade has a dual purpose; the celebration of Saint Patrick and the Irish  
traditions and heritage and a celebration of Evacuation Day, the day the  
British were run out of Boston. Both days fall on March 17th, so the City of  
Boston thought it a good idea to have the Allied War Veterans Council (AWVC)  
organize the parade. The problem is that one side of the equation, St.  
Patrick, a man of peace, is second fiddle to a military parade. AWVC has the  
exclusive say in who gets to walk in this historical parade. The City of  
Boston, South Boston Community Groups, the Boston Police have absolutely no  
say in who walks the streets of South Boston in the Saint Patrick’s Day  

In 2011 Veterans For Peace’s application was denied, when asked why and  
were told, “They did not want to have the word Peace associated with the  
word Veteran”. Well they did not know the Smedleys very well. We pulled our  
own permit and with only three weeks to go before the parade pulled together  
500 people and the Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade, the Alternative People’s  
Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Economic and  
Social Justice was born. 

Twenty years ago the LGBT community wanted to walk in the parade and were  
denied which resulted in a lawsuit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme  
Court resulting in the Hurley Decision. The Smedleys immediately reached out  
to the LGBT community, inviting them to “walk in our parade”

In 2013 we had close to 2,000 people, seven divisions (Veterans, Peace, LGBT,  
Labor, Political, Religious, Occupy Everywhere) two bands, bag pipers,  
drummers, a Duck Boat, two trollies etc. It was a grand success. We have an  
Environmental Stewardship Division this year. Our goal is to end this last  
vestige of institutionalized exclusion, prejudice, bigotry, and homophobia  
and make this parade inclusive and welcoming to all and bring the message of  
peace to South Boston on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Please join us in South Boston on March 16. Be sure to bring your Chapter’s  
or Organization’s banners, signs and costumes and join us in our fabulous  
Fourth Annual Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade. 

On behalf of the Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade Organizing Committee.

Thank you,

Pat Scanlon (VN '69)

Coordinator, VFP Chapter 9, Smedley Butler Brigade

Vets4PeaceChapter9 at gmail.com [10]     Phone: 978-475-1776

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organizations and community peace groups in the Greater Boston region. The  
UJP Coalition, formed after September 11th, seeks global peace through social  
and economic justice.

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