(NYDAILY NEWS) – Marchers in a “Straight Pride” parade descended upon downtown Boston on Saturday afternoon, but dueling demonstrators assembled to greet them.
“They’re not even from Boston,” local Kim Goldstein, 62, told the Boston Globe. “This is not our town.”
Parade marchers held cards and posters with slogans like “Straight Lives Matter” and “Make Normalcy Normal Again.” Many waved American flags. A “Trump 2020” sign featured prominently on one truck.
The parade’s path wound its way from Copley Square to City Hall, where many counterprotesters gathered. The demonstration officially ran from noon to 4 p.m., and it drew a heavy police presence.
Several dozen marchers gathered in the parade, organized by a group called Super Happy Fun America. Far-right political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos served as the parade’s grand marshal.
Organizers claimed that straight people are oppressed.
Protesters called the march hurtful to the LGBTQ community, and marchers were met with chants of “Nazi scum.”
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said the spectacle was not a “representation of who we are as a city.”