Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Offers an Opportunity for Dialogue

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Writing for WBUR’s Cognoscenti with Shane Hunt, a student in the Harvard Law Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, Program on Negotiation faculty member Robert Bordone describes the debate around the petition of LGBTQ groups to be included in Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as a unique chance for dialogue among groups to address their concerns about LGBTQ groups participating in the parade and bring a decades-old conflict to an end.

Inclusion of LGBTQ groups in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a contentious issue for many years; however, a recent agreement mediated by newly-elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, while breaking through many barriers, still fell short of fulfilling the hopes of LGBTQ groups for full-and-equal participation in the parade alongside other civic groups and offers an example of what Professor Bordone calls “dividing the baby,” or an agreement that leaves, “both sides unhappy and assured that no one’s interests were satisfied.”

To read more about the negotiations surrounding LGBTQ groups participation in the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Professor Robert Bordone’s suggestions for how to craft a sustainable solution, read more on WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog by clicking here.


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