Sam Adams withdraws support from Boston St. Pat's Day Parade

Fri. March 14, 2014 9:57 AM by

Boston, MA - Facing mounting criticism for its sponsorship of South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sam Adams on Friday pulled its support.

Organizers behind Sunday's parade – the nation's second largest behind New York – continue to exclude gay groups from marching. A deal brokered by Mayor Marty Walsh to allow MassEquality to participate in the parade fell apart last week.

Earlier this week, Sam Adams shrugged off a boycott being organized by gay bars, saying that it also supports many gay rights groups and Boston's annual Gay Pride parade.

But in a statement released Friday, Boston Beer, which makes Sam Adams, reversed course.

"We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade for nearly a decade and have also supported the St. Patrick's Day breakfast year after year," the company said. "We've done so because of the rich history of the event and to support veterans who have done so much for this country. We were hopeful that both sides of this issue would be able to come to an agreement that would allow everyone, regardless of orientation, to participate in the parade. But given the current status of the negotiations, we realize this may not be possible. We share these sentiments with Mayor Walsh, Congressman Lynch and others and therefore we will not participate in this year's parade. We will continue to support Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and her St. Patrick's Day breakfast. We wish her all the best in her historic stewardship of this tradition."

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