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LGBT group's request to march in St. Patrick's Day parade denied

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SOUTH BOSTON (WHDH) -  Organizers of the South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade have denied an application by a gay veterans group to march.

Talks were held over the weekend between Mayor Marty Walsh, parade organizers and gay groups to see if some agreements could be reached. That request however, was denied Tuesday.

Organizers of the parade said they were misled by the LGBT Veterans for Equality and that's the reason they have denied the group’s request:

“It is our belief that the application submitted to us by LGBT Veterans for Equality was a ploy by them to enter this parade under false pretenses and is hereby denied.”

Parade organizers said they thought they would be getting 20 gay veterans marching with no public displays related to their sexual orientation. Instead they said the group explained they could only find one gay veteran to march and expected to have 19 other people carrying rainbow flags.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he will only march if the gay veterans can as well.

"From what I understand there are some discussions going on right now and I’m hopeful that those discussion will be positive and we’ll get to make an announcement," Walsh said.

Walsh’s office released a statement early Tuesday afternoon on the decision:

“The mayor is aware of the statement made today by parade organizers. He remains hopeful that a resolution acceptable to all parties is still within reach. There has been miscommunication by both parties in the press over this issue, and until a direct conversation with all involved parties takes place, we remain confident and hopeful that an agreement will be reached."

A school that had pulled out of the march because that group was being considered has rejoined the parade.
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