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Thanks to all Peace Parade marchers!

Pat ScanlonHi Smedleys, Samanthas, everyone who helped in anyway to make our parade a success and everyone who marched with us.
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From the depths of our collective hearts we want to thank you all for participating in our Saint Patrick's Peace Parade the people's alternative parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Social and Economic Justice. It was a beautiful day and just a spectacular parade. By several people's estimates it appears as if there were somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 people. That is at least three times bigger than last year. If someone has a more accurate count please let us know. Everyone who I have spoken to or has contacted us said that they had a wonderful time and will be back next year.

We apologize for the long wait before we stepped off. We had to get ready to march when the police said to march, therefore we had to be ready by 2:00 pm. It was hot and we needed water but you all stuck it out. One of the strategies of the War Council was to fill the time so to, I guess, discourage us. Last year they had 70 contingents, this year they had 130. That seems like a reasonable strategy on their part. Expand the parade so the Peace Parade will be forced to march when there were not many people and all the press has left to make their deadlines. I don't think they realized who they were dealing with. Those who work for peace and equality are a pretty hardy bunch.

What a wonderful reception we received from the tens of thousands who were still around when we came by. This is like David and Goliath, and we all know what happen to the big guy. We are winning hearts and minds, our parade is growing and I think we are getting close to seeing the last institutional vestige of bigotry, prejudice and exclusion in the City of Boston come tumbling down. We can't give up, lets see what happens next year. I think the pressure is growing on the City of Boston to make some changes, lets hope so. The bigger we get, the more likely things will change, it is just a matter of time. As we have been told, everything has changed in South Boston, the neighborhood has changed, the residents have changed, Southie is much more integrated and multi-cultural. Everything has changed except the small group of "white men" who run the traditional parade, that too will change in time.

With love, affection and respect, in solidarity we thank you, we solute you.
Erin Go Bragh,
Have a great night,
Pat Scanlon, Tony Flaherty and the members of the Smedley Butler Brigade and the Parade Organizing Committee  

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