Boston's first "" kicked off duels in Boston on Saturday. Dozens of policemen populated the parade to keep the peace, while the anti-protesters gathered in the town hall.
The parade started at Copley Square and ends on Saturday afternoon at City Hall, where speakers are expected. CBS Boston reported that police officers in protective clothing are standing behind the Town Hall Square.
The organizers were given a four-hour permit from noon. The police said they expected more counter-demonstrators than actual parade-goers would join the parade in the town hall.
"We are here to celebrate our fellowship, we are here to show love and joy in the face of hatred," a protestor told CBS Boston. "We should celebrate our differences and celebrate the way people from different backgrounds have contributed to this country."
According to CBS Boston, hundreds of counter-demonstrators have already gathered at City Hall. At least two people were arrested during the parade, but it is not yet clear if they were parade participants or protesters.
The parade takes place right in front of Emerson College, which has canceled events and restricted access to certain buildings ,
"The organizers of thehave long-standing and well documented relationships with white supremacists and immigrant movements," said one protester. "In general, they are fascists who believe that they are the only acceptable way of being."
One of the biggest swimmers of the parade was coined inter alia "Trump 2020" and "Build the Wall" other phrases by President Trump.
The organization Super Happy Fun America, which claims "on behalf of the heterosexual community to promote the respect and awareness among people from all walks of life," planned the event. The parade appeared to be a reaction to the rejection of the group's proposal to hoist the "Straight Pride Flag" at Boston City Hall.
"We are [disappointed] that the Walsh government has chosen hatred and discrimination." A blog entry on the page of April 20 reads. "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 ours is Promoting community and its diverse history, culture and identity, we believe the city will eventually opt for tolerance and inclusiveness. "