Gay bars and eateries are canceling
their orders for Sam Adams over the company's sponsorship of South
Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Organizers behind Sunday's parade –
the nation's second largest behind New York – continue to exclude
gay groups from marching.
“I think that Sam Adams needs to
realize that its reputation in this community is going to be severely
damaged by this, as well as its business,” Frank Ribaudo, co-owner
of Boston's Club Cafe, told
Ribaudo said that his eatery and bar is
no longer serving the company's lager and that other bars are doing
Sam Adams said in a statement that the
parade was “just one of hundreds of events and organizations we
support in and around Boston” and that that list includes the
Boston Pride Parade.
deal brokered by Mayor Marty Walsh to allow MassEquality to
participate in the parade fell apart last week.