BOSTON (AP) -- Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade has made history as two gay and lesbian groups were welcomed by the organizers after decades of opposition.
The gay military veterans group OutVets and gay rights group Boston Pride joined Sunday's parade at the invitation of the sponsoring South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.
Twenty years ago, parade organizers won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding their right to invite or exclude marchers.
Mayor Marty Walsh marched this year, ending a two-decade mayoral boycott over the gay rights issue. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker also marched, along with first-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran.
Some Roman Catholic groups including the Knights of Columbus said they wouldn't participate because they felt the parade had been politicized.