Organizers of Boston's planned "" announced this summer that their request for a public event was approved by the city on Wednesday, reports CBS Boston. And the group claims that there is already an appointment.
The organization Super Happy Fun America, which claims to "stand up for respect on behalf of the heterosexual community … and cultivate alliances with people from all walks of life." "The event is planning to celebrate" Straight Pride, "the website said.
Group president John Hugo said they had been told to hold the parade on August 31
Mayor Marty Walsh's office in Boston said it was not yet a closed deal. Approval of the public event application is a "step towards obtaining approval," the Walsh Press Office said in an email. "As a next step, the organizers must obtain the necessary approvals from the police department and the approval authority to obtain both a parade license and an entertainment license."
The route begins approximately at the same location as the Boston Pride Parade in June – Copley Square. "It will be a one-day event consisting of a parade and a subsequent flag ceremony," the group writes.
The site claims the parade is free and open to the public. "Everyone is welcome", it says in the description of the event. "Antifa (short for anti-fun) is not welcome because they reject happiness and fun."
The conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos will be the grand marshal and the mascot for the parade, according to the group's website.
The parade appeared to be a reaction to the rejection of the group's proposal to hoist the "Straight Pride Flag" on the city's flagpoles in the spring. "The request to hoist the flag was dismissed with respect, as the use of City Hall flagpoles is at the city's sole discretion," the press office wrote in a statement. "The city claims that their flagpoles are a forum for intergovernmental speeches, and as such, the city retains selectivity and control over the messages conveyed by the flags on our flagpoles, and has opted for the & # 39; Straight Pride & # 39; flag not showing. "
The group published a blog post in late April expressing frustration and announcing the idea of a parade.
"We are disappointed [sic] that the Walsh government has chosen hatred and discrimination," a blog post from April 20 says. "That's why we've decided to launch a campaign to educate the public, politicians and officials about the heterogeneous community and the unique issues we face, and we've found that parade is the best way to do it Promoting community and its diverse history, culture and identity, we believe the city will eventually opt for tolerance and inclusivity. "
Earlier this month, Walsh commented on the event in a Twitter thread . "Permission to host a public event is given on the basis of the feasibility of the operation, not on the basis of values or endorsements of beliefs," he wrote. "The City of Boston can not deny approval based on the values of an organization." Walsh, according to his press office, will not attend the "Straight Pride" parade.