While LGBT groups are officially banned from Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a group of some 30 gay men infiltrated the procession as part of a community-park-building organization—eventually showing their true colors by firing a rainbow cannon and throwing nearly 500 pounds of rainbow beads at the cheering crowd.
“This is a blast. You can feel the energy,” participant Randy Foster told Boston Globe . “I don’t know if they know I’m gay. And who cares?”
The float with the rainbow cannon fire was pulled by a pickup truck with a banner that read, “Celebrate the diversity of Boston.” But there was nothing to indicate that the group consisted largely of gay marchers.In its parade application, the contingent described its entry as a “diversity float” that would welcome people of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.
They had approval from parade organizers to wear scarves with a variety of colors and symbols, including an equal sign for gay rights.
One bystander, Britta Hiester, waved a rainbow flag and cheered loudly as the float passed. “I know that many of my neighbors are being forced to speak in a coded way about their identity,”She said. “I brought this because I could.”