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Catholic School Recommits to Leading Boston St. Patrick’s Parade

A Catholic school outside Boston, Mass., which had pulled out of a St. Patrick’s Day parade after organizers announced that a gay advocacy group would march, is now back in the parade after the invitation to the group was rescinded, according to LifeSiteNews.com.

In a statement reportedly released last Monday, The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard announced that its band would not march in the parade nor would it provide a float because the gay advocacy group, Mass Equality, which supports same-sex marriage, had been allowed to participate.  The gay advocacy group had announced that a group of gay military veterans would be marching in the parade.

"In the footsteps of St. Patrick, [Immaculate Heart of Mary School] does not condone and will not appear to condone the homosexual lifestyle," Brother Thomas Dalton, the school's principal, reportedly said in a statement.

Just days after Immaculate Heart of Mary School stated that they were pulling their float and school band from the parade, organizers of the event, the South Boston Allied War Veteran’s Council, announced that, after all, LGBT Veterans for Equality, was a “ploy” and they would not be marching in the parade.

“It was made clear to us that the LGBT Veterans for Equality do not have 20 United States Veterans who wish to march,” said the organizing group. “Rather, they presented only one supposed Veteran and a group of others carrying rainbow flags. When asked about a Color Guard, their loan Veteran replied that he wasn’t sure he could supply any more Veterans willing to march.”

“It is our intention to keep this an Irish Celebration ,dedicated to our Men and Women serving in our Armed Forces. We will fight to keep our parade and its traditions,” they reportedly said. “We will not allow any group to damage the Integrity of the historic event or our reputation as a safe and fun filled day for all.”

Because of this decision, the Immaculate Heart of Mary School announced it will rejoin the parade.

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