Activists protest busing along route
The antibusing sentiment of South Boston during the mid-1970s was present at the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
Boston Mayor Kevin H. White was met with “Go back to Roxbury, go back to Roxbury!” jeers during the 1974 parade, reported the Globe. Snowballs were thrown in White’s direction in 1975, according to a Globe report.
The Globe reported that spectators met antibusing floats with cheers in 1975.
The racial overtones were so present in the parade that Colonel Forest Rittgers of Fort Devens barred his units from participating in 1976, reported the Globe. Rittgers said his troops were harassed by firecrackers, snowballs, and racial and ethnic slurs during the 1975 parade.