Yvonne Abraham wrote a good article in todays Globe about how petty Menino is about the Tall Ships.
Yesterday I called the City to confirm who pays for the South Boston parade. The City confirmed that we the taxpayers pay for all the police and fire details and the cleanup. Now Menino gets a lot of credit from the GLBT groups in the City for refusing to march in the parade. However, he does pay for the police details during the parade which this year were raised even higher in an attempt to cut down on public rowdiness. The cost for this one date event in Southie is hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Why doesn't the Mayor require the South Boston Parade group which excludes gays to pay for their police details up front, or at all like he is making the Sail Boston people do? It seems a bit hypocritical to me.