Application for ‘Straight Pride Parade’ approved by City of Boston

The city approved the public event application on Wednesday.

A rainbow flag flies over Boston during the Pride Week Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall on May 31, 2019.

An application for the proposed “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston was approved Wednesday by the city.

With their public event application, organizers got city permission to host a parade on Aug. 31 from noon to 3 p.m. However, they still need approvals from the police department and licensing board to receive a needed parade permit and entertainment license.

Mayor Marty Walsh has previously said the city could not deny the group behind the proposal, Super Happy Fun America, a permit for the event because of disagreements with the event organizers’ values or beliefs.

“Permits to host a public event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of belief,” the mayor said in early June.


Walsh will not be attending the Aug. 31 event.

The group’s original request to hold an event at City Hall Plaza and raise its flag was denied by the city.

The application was submitted by John Hugo, president of Super Happy Fun America.

“Straight people are an oppressed majority,” Hugo wrote in a statement on the group’s website. “We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgement and hate. The day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all of the other orientations.”

According to the organizers, the right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos will serve as the “mascot and grand marshall” for the event.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the city granted “Straight Pride Parade” organizers a permit. The city approved organizers’ application, which is a step in the permit process.