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(NECN: John Moroney) - The annual St. Patrick's Day parade stepped off in South Boston Sunday morning without a contingent of veterans representing the state's LGBT community and without the city's Irish-American mayor.
The Allied War Veterans Council, the parade's organizing group, has been in negotiations over the last several weeks with MassEquality about permitting a group of gay and lesbian veterans to march in this year's parade.
In the end, the two groups could not reach an agreement.
Mayor Marty Walsh had been pushing for a compromise. But when nothing materialized, he abstained from participating in the parade, as he had promised.
This year's parade did include gay marchers. A "diversity float" was put together by a gay couple who live in South Boston and were given permission to march.
Congressman Stephen Lynch is from South Boston. He decide to participate, despite the impasse, marching with a couple of gay veterans at his side.