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Iconic Boston beer brewer boycotts St. Patrick's Parade

Samuel Adams Boycotts St. Pat's Parade Over LGBT Ban

With two days to the event, yet another high-profile guest is boycotting the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade due to its anti-gay policies. But it's not exactly a normal boycott.
The Boston Beer Company, the main sponsor of the parade, announced Friday it was pulling its sponsorship after parade organizers repeatedly refused to allow LGBTQ groups to identify themselves as such while marching, according to Boston.com)
The company, which brews Samuel Adams, said in a statement: "We were hopeful an agreement could be reached. ... However, given the current status of the negotiations, this may not be possible."
The announcement comes after the maker of Sam Adams began getting flak for its sponsorship, even leading to Club Café, an area gay bar, pulling the beer from its taps. The owner, Frank Ribaudo, scolded the company for its parade partnership.
"I was in the Navy, I fought in Vietnam, I've lots of friends who've been in the military that have fought for this country, and for us to be treated like second-class citizens," Ribaudo said.
It's all a culmination of clashes between parade organizers South Boston Allied War Veterans Council and equality group MassEquality, which have made headlines in the past few weeks.
The council originally lifted the 20-year ban on participation by gay rights groups after prodding by MassEquality and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. One organizer told the Los Angeles Times MassEquality members would be allowed to march "with a 'Happy St. Patrick's Day' sign. That's it. It's a day of celebration, not demonstration."
But MassEquality was unsatisfied, joining a boycott of the parade by Walsh and Rep. Stephen Lynch, one of the state's House members.
Despite the criticism, the South Boston Parade's website defended its decision, posting a press release saying: "We will not allow anyone to express harmful or inappropriate messages. This was a decision we made for the good of this parade."

It's not the first dust-up for the embattled 2014 parade. In September, city officials quarreled over hosting duties of the event's annual morning breakfast, before choosing Haitian-American State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. She'll be the first-ever non-Irishman to host the meal,
The Boston Globe reports.
And even after pulling its sponsorship, the Boston Beer Company still plans to participate in the breakfast Sunday morning.

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MO MONEY MOMONEY March 15 2014 at 1:05 PM

Never did like the all the different flavors. No need to drink that swill.

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curmudgeon331 MO MONEY MOMONEY March 15 2014 at 1:06 PM

try WATER, I'm sure you will like its consistency

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jelder5900 March 15 2014 at 2:26 PM

Can the heterosexuals carry signs advertising their sexual orientation? How about a "Heterosexual" float? And why the "Lesbian and Gay Rights" movement? Why not call it what it is...its homosexual rights. Where did this "Gay" come from?

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NoShark jelder5900 March 15 2014 at 2:57 PM

It is homosexual choices leading to deep insecurity, and an unwillingness to live with the ramifications of tht choice...as children must learn to live with the consequences of stealing, lying, assaulting or cheating, thus growing up and building character, so must gay practitioners learn to live, maturely, with the ramifications of their own choice...and they refuse to mature.

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NSOULMATE2 March 15 2014 at 12:50 PM

GET BACK IN THE CLOSET!!!!!!!

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artorius317 March 15 2014 at 8:05 AM

While I'm a staunch supporter of the LBGT community and activist for human rights, this is ridiculous. No one is saying gays can't march in the parade, they are telling them that it is NOT a political parade... which is what these people want to turn it into. Would you be just as supportive of the KKK marching in the parade in full regalia, ignorant banners waving in the wind, because they feel it's their inalienable right to? No. Though I'm sure there will be some in there, marching as Americans, not political activists. There's a time and place for politics. St. Patrick's Day is a time for celebration. Why not march with everyone else as AMERICANS instead of trying to segregate yourself from the crowd?

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stoples19 March 15 2014 at 2:40 PM

It's time we boycott Sam Adam's Beer. I don't what my children at a parade watching people running up and down the street , acting like morons, if they would let to march like human (what kind of sex you like is your business) this parade is for fun not inappropriate messages. I'm from Boston and voted for that Mayor Martin Walsh , I think I voted wrong!!!!

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NoShark stoples19 March 15 2014 at 2:54 PM

What has the Mayor got to do with your enmity? This is about the rules of the parade, which you claim you agree with...god, stay on topic...

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Claire March 15 2014 at 12:48 PM

why does everything have to focous on gay issues? this is a parade not a forum for black white gay stright or what the hell ever this need to show people your gay is getting ridiculious and over bearing why do we have to know your different or who you are just come as a person as we all are just come and stop pushing this gay rights thing on everyone in the world there are so many people who have a right to be different and not force it on everyone else this has ruined so many events and now is becoming a reason not to like gay people at all its over done and needs to STOP

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BANDIT BILL March 15 2014 at 5:44 PM

There's gay pride parades and I don't want to march and ID myself as Irish. This is a St. Paddy's Day parade. There's no discrimination until the LGBTQ thinks they should disrupt something any thing to get noticed. WHY? Be gay and Irish but just Irish in the parade. Most of my friends are Irish for one day a year even though they're not, but they don't want to be gay 1 day a year even though they're not.

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MIKE HALL BANDIT BILL March 15 2014 at 5:46 PM

There is a contact us ,webpage for sam adams, I just sent them my offical notification that I would never buy another product they make ever again. Until many of us do this ,there is no place to take a stand ,having this crap shoved down our throats .

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Carol MIKE HALL March 15 2014 at 7:17 PM

Did that when they pulled God from the Pledge of Allegiance for the 4th of July commercial.

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smjnurse March 15 2014 at 8:09 AM

So keep it "equal", don't let any group marching in the parade identify what organization/group they are marching for/with. Just shut up and march!

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bullmesht March 15 2014 at 12:48 PM

They have their gay parade. They can't be satisfied with that. This why they will always meet with resistance. You can not force people to accept you. People will always resist when forced. Why do they need to advertise. Who really cares who sleeps with who? They are invited to the parade, they just don't like the fact that the committee don't them to use the parade as an advertisement campaign. My question to all the gays that are putting up a beef. If you held your gay parade, how would you like a neo nazi group or a NAACP or the KKK demanding to be let in on your parade? You wouldn't like it I bet.

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Karen March 15 2014 at 8:01 AM

if they want to march is ok with me except if they march dressed up as they march in their Gay Parade. Tee shirts and Banners are ok but no yelling or demonstrating. As far as a none Irish as the head of the Irish breakfast is wrong. Some things should be kept such as Iris, Polish, Porter Rician etc. sometimes rights go to far. Some traditions should be kept as such.

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