Boston Pride announced today that they will be marching in the 114th annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the first time this Sunday, March 15th.
In 1995, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the organizers of the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade had a constitutional right to exclude LGBT organizations and individuals from participating in the annual parade. That decision led many to boycott the tradition and in recent years prominent sponsors like Samuel Adams ended their relationship with parade organizers.
Twenty years later, Boston Pride and the LGBT community will be marching proudly in the parade, alongside OUTVETS, a group that formed last year and represents openly gay veterans. My only regret is that our late, former Mayor Menino who was behind that initial challenge in 1995 did not live to see this and participate in the parade.
You can read more about this here.
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DINE OUT BOSTON CONTINUES THROUGH MARCH 13th
Winter Dine Out Boston started last week and resumes for its final week today. For more information about 2015 Winter Dine Out Boston, including details about participating restaurants, visit www.bostonusa.com/visit/dineoutboston.
If you have an American Express card, you can get $5 back when you spend $21 or more at Dine Out Boston if you register and use your card. Details about how to register your card here.
Tomorrow evening, Thursday, March 5th Massachusetts Department of Transportation will host a hearing for the public to share their thoughts on extending the MBTA’s late-night weekend train and bus service beyond the June 19th pilot end date. MassDOT’s recommendation will be based on data & public input. If you support the idea of maintaining the late-night service it is important that you attend the forum.
What: MBTA late-night weekend train and bus service
When: Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Boston City Hall 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA
For more information check out the event’s Facebook page here.
Now that I have your attention…
It appears that the organizers over at Lawn D in Southie (near the convention center) are taking Dale Carnegie’s quote, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” to heart. Originally scheduled for Valentine’s weekend, the Lawn on D in Southie moved Slopefest to this weekend.
Friday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, downhill winter sport exhibition
Saturday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, snow tubing downhill winter sport exhibition
Sunday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, snow tubing
A custom-designed illuminated bar carved out of ice will be present alongside the 70′ long slope that is made of fresh, packed powder snow. The MCCA will supply snow tubes for anyone who buys tickets. Tickets will be sold on site for $3 a run or $5 for two runs. For all you voyeurs out there you can check out the Snow Riders exhibition on Friday and Saturday where experienced skiers and snowboarders will show off their moves.
DJs will be playing music and you can enjoy food and alcohol by fire pits. Finally a use for all this snow. More details about is available here.
Have you heard the rumor mill grinding away, regarding news that Mario Batali who is about to open his new Boston restaurant, Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, is now looking for the perfect location for his chain, Eataly? Should Batali secure a location in Boston this would be the third Eataly in the US for the gigantic Pan-Italian retailer.
Eataly Boston is Very Close to Becoming a Reality via EaterBoston
Eataly may be coming to Boston via The Boston Globe
While I only know what I have read in the local papers that first published these rumors earlier this week, I wanted to point out my 2015 Restaurant Predictions, which Eater Boston published on my behalf, here.
Last month I wrote that the 1 year trial of late night MBTA service was being evaluated and that its future was in question. Late night service started on March 28, 2014 and earlier this month the MBTA announced that they would extend the service for an additional 3 months to June 19, 2015.
According to the MBTA, late night service, which runs on Friday and Saturday night, has supplied more than 1.1 million rides. That is pretty impressive if you think that the MBTA late night service only accounts for 3 additional hours of service each week. That 1.1 million rides then breaks down to approximately 12,500 – 13,000 riders who took the MBTA late night service over the past 44 weekends, which seems like a lot of people to me. The MBTA has never shared a projected ridership, so it is hard to tell what is considered “successful”. If you want to keep the MBTA late night service, I’d encourage you to continue to use it.