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News :: Politics : War and Militarism
Images From 2013 St. Patrick's Day Peace Parade
18 Mar 2013
March 17, 2013

For the third year in a row Veterans For Peace held their annual Saint Patrick's Day Peace Parade in South Boston today.
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The Peace Parade was originally organized by VFP when their application to join the mainstream parade was denied by the Allied War Veterans Council, who didn't want messages of peace and justice contaminating their jingoistic festival of authoritarianism. AWVC also excludes LGBT groups. The city was forced by a court decision to allow the peace marchers on the parade route, but have always allowed the traditional parade to go first and separated the two parades by street sweepers. Most parade-goers are deceived into thinking the parade is over before the peace contingent arrives.

This year was little different, in spite of a recent clarification of the court ruling stating the city was not required to separate the two parades with street sweepers. This did not prevent the Peace Parade from being a visual and artistic success, especially compared to its establishment counterpart.

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