Irish hats off to newly elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for brokering an understanding between South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade and MassEquality, a  gay advocacy group.

Since 1995, when parade organizers won a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court for the right to exclude gay and lesbian groups to march, this is the first sign of appeasement.

T-shirts and signs with references to sexual orientation or the word "gay" will not be allowed.

The parade organizers have invited MassEquality to march and carry a banner, however T-shirts and signs with references to sexual orientation or the word "gay" would not be allowed.

Tim Duross, parade coordinator, told the Boston Globe, "We'd be happy to have them. But we'd rather you just wish everybody a happy St. Patrick's Day and left it with that."

MassEquality believes this development is huge, but declined to comment on the restrictions.

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