BOSTON (AP) — A judge has ruled that Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade route should not be shortened, siding with organizers over the mayor and police commissioner.
U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns said Tuesday that parade organizers have a First Amendment right to march along the longer route.
Stearns noted that the parade’s route hasn’t changed in 20 years. It was shortened last year because of large snow piles.
The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council sued Monday, saying the city never consulted them on the change.
Mayor Marty Walsh decided this month after consulting with Police Commissioner William Evans to cut the March 20 parade’s route from 3.2 miles to 1.4 miles over public safety concerns.
Police say there were fewer instances of public drinking and disorderly conduct with the shortened parade.
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