Police were preparing for a conflict in Boston on Saturday when the "Straight Pride Parade" was about to begin. The small crowd that gathered to support the parade hit signs and protesters who seemed to be more than the participants in the early hours of the morning.
Boston police rallied in anticipation of possible violence as the parade was expected to feature a performance by Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who would serve as Grand Marshal and mascot for the parade. The organizers of the parade, Super Happy Fun America, were able to obtain their permission through Boston in July.
Yiannopoulos, who is openly gay, defended the mission of the parade in a June statement.
"Technically, I could be a perfect friend of Dorothy, but I've spent my entire career championing the rights of America's most brutally repressed identity ̵
The Proud Boys, a far-right group that often clashes with the left-wing Antifa at demonstrations and rallies, are also expected to appear for the Saturday Parade in Boston.
From the early afternoon of Saturday, serious conflicts seemed to be kept in check. Some videos released on social media showed a small number of demonstrators cheering on the parade participants. However, no violent clashes have been reported.