*UPDATE* March 17th, 2018 8:30 AM
“SBAWVC Moving Forward with City-Imposed Parade Route”
Council Will Explore Options to Preserve Traditional Route Beyond 2018
Though the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council (SBAWVC) disagrees with Mayor Walsh’s decision to shorten the length of the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day / Evacuation Day Parade, in the interest of moving parade planning forward, the SBAWVC is making the necessary changes to facilitate the shortened route for Sunday’s parade. The SBAWVC is working to determine how best to ensure the traditional route is not so easily discarded for future parades, including by leveraging the 2016 court restraining order, which mandates that the City of Boston not interfere with the traditional route. The City of Boston may be in violation of this court order.
The SBAWVC does not advocate for the traditional route to be difficult. This route allows for the parade to pass by the birthplace of Evacuation Day at Dorchester Heights, it provides for a more intimate parade experience, and facilitates the viewing of the parade by those in elderly housing, Gold Star Mothers hosted at Perkins American Legion Post, as well as Shriners Hospital Patients at K Street Firehouse. This route also makes it easier for families to enjoy the parade. The SBAWVC is disappointed with the lack of will by Mayor Walsh to support this route when it is within reason to do so, especially given offers from outside agencies to assist with snow removal. The SBAWVC seeks a constructive relationship with City Hall, and believes a route decision could have been made in conjunction with the SBAWVC.
Nonetheless, Sunday’s parade will be terrific, and includes over 120 organizations such as United States Marine Corps bands from Quantico and Camp Lejeune, as well as members of the 2018 USA Olympics Women’s National Hockey team who took home the Gold in Pyeongchang. We encourage everyone to come to Southie on Sunday to enjoy a great parade put on by volunteers, most of whom are veterans or are actively serving, and are proud to put this event together. Thank you to the community for the overwhelming support and we will see you on Sunday.
The SBAWVC will not have any further comments on this topic. Our efforts are focused on final preparations for Sunday’s parade.
Dave Falvey, Commander
South Boston Allied War Veterans Council
P.O. Box 351
South Boston, MA 02127