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Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade marchers hopeful for a unified event next year

Kia Dumas, of Stoughton, was welcomed to jump in and help carry the rainbow flag with members of Boston Pride.
Kia Dumas, of Stoughton, was welcomed to jump in and help carry the rainbow flag with members of Boston Pride.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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The police phalanxes, Clydesdale horses, and the float carrying St. Patrick had already finished their raucous trek through South Boston late Sunday when a second contingency of marchers brought their parade down a now deserted Dorchester Street.

Participants in the Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade have coalesced around their exclusion from the main parade, which they follow a mile behind. By late afternoon, they are marching down a route littered with the signs of earlier revelry: stumbling stragglers looking for a way home, discarded plastic cups, and spent cigarette butts.

“It’s really idiotic that we’re not allowed in the parade,” said Pat Scanlon, coordinator for the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans For Peace, which runs the alternative event. “We should have one big parade.”

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