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Remembering St. Patrick's Day 1995

Posted by Kristin Mingrone  March 18, 2011 04:21 PM

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The first year the South Boston Saint Patrick's Day parade was legally permitted to ban gay and lesbian groups from participating, a separate parade was held in Cambridge. Marilyn Humphries covered the event for "Bay Windows" a gay- and lesbian-focused newspaper. Below are photos from the event and more about her experience.

Were you at the Cambridge parade that year? Have you been to the Southie parade before? We'd love to hear your thoughts about Southie's second parade this year. Please leave your responses in the comments area below.

I was assigned to cover the Cambridge parade by Bay Windows newspaper. The day was festive and everyone who lined the streets was excited and happy ... there was a lot of cheering! After experiencing the outright hatred directed at the Irish American Gay Lesbian and Bisexual group at the 1992 parade in South Boston, this Cambridge parade had the air of a carnival, only slightly tarnished by the car with the nasty signs bringing up the rear. It was a good day to not only have a city stand up for us, but to also host a party.

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Marilyn Humphries

Irish American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston leads the parade through the streets of Cambridge, 1995.

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Marilyn Humphries

Protesters followed the parade through Cambridge.

Marilyn Humphries Photography provides event, portrait, documentary, and annual report photography for a variety of organizations, businesses, political candidates, magazines and newspapers. Additionally, Marilyn has been documenting progressive social change movements in the Boston area for three decades focusing on the LGBT community, women’s issues, labor, and healthcare issues. Her photographs have appeared in Bay Windows, The Boston Phoenix, Boston Spirit Magazine, and South End News, as well as Barron’s, MS Magazine, The New York Times, US News and World Report and Business Week. Currently she is a member of The Image Works and Newscom stock and news agencies. Her website is www.humphriesphotography.com

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