St. Patrick's Day parade controversy hits Boston beer taps

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March 13, 2014, 10:13 pm
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UPDATE 3/14 9:50 a.m.: Samuel Adams Beer has announced that it is pulling out of the parade.

UPDATE 3/14 10:01: Club Cafe Boston has applauded the decision and will start serving Sam Adams beer again.

(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Boston) - Seventeen cases of Sam Adams beer have been pulled from the Club Cafe Bar and Restaurant in Boston.

The weekend orders have been cancelled, and the Sam Adams beers are now crossed off the sign.

"Well, I guess we're just kind of fed up," said Frank Ribaudo.

Ribaudo, the co-owner of Club Cafe, a hotspot for Boston's LGBT community, says he's disappointed that Sam Adams is a sponsor of the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade.

"I think that Sam Adams needs to realize that it's reputation in this community is going to be severely damaged by this, as well as its business," said Ribaudo.

Already, gay bars in other states have called in to support Club Cafe.

Ribaudo says they've also told him that they are throwing out Sam Adams.

Thursday night, the parade website by the Allied War Vets says they, "are updating our sponsors."

But a statement from Sam Adams reads, "The St. Patrick's Day Parade is just one of hundreds of events and organizations we support in and around Boston."

They also say, "We also proudly support a number of organizations whose primary focus is supporting civil rights, the LGBT community, marriage equality, and the Boston Pride Parade," and that "the majority of our commitments are year-to-year, and we will continue to evaluate each organization and event before making additional contributions."

The parade has been a controversial one.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he wouldn't march unless everyone was allowed.

Just recently negotiations between MassEquality and the Allied War Vets broke down.

Organizers said they were deceived by MassEquality which could only name one veteran from their organization who planned to march.

"I was in the Navy, I fought in Vietnam lots of friends have been in the military that fought for this country and for us to be treated like second class citizens," said Ribaudo.

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