Sure, crowd-wise this parade is nothing compared to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston. But the timing has, in recent years, made it a popular event for political hopefuls to attend a public event and gain publicity before the A-B voters.
This year was no different -- except for a surprising number of no-shows, particularly among the candidates for councilor-at-large.
Little did they know that we in A-B would be taking attendance -- and broadcasting it on the intertubes.
You know, if Mayor Thomas Menino himself thinks a parade important enough to show up, then it is probably important enough for a councilor-at-large wannabe, too.
[right] Mayor Menino, his wife, and state Representative Michael Moran lead the parade ahead of the Boston College Marching Band.
- Thomas Menino, incumbent
- Michael Flaherty
- Sam Yoon
- Kevin McCrea
Allston-Brighton District 9 City Councilor
- Mark Ciommo, incumbent
- Abigail Furey
- Alex Selvig
- Ben Narodick
But Selvig's absence is
Boston City Councilor-At-Large
In attendance (in order of appearance):
- Stephen Murphy, incumbent
- Andrew Kenneally
- Ayanna Pressley
- Doug Bennett (no, he does not look like a auto-dialer-machine)
- Robert Fortes
- update: John Connolly, incumbent
John Connolly, incumbent
- Ego Ezedi
- Tomas Gonzalez
- Tito Jackson
- Sean Ryan
- Jean-Claude Sanon
- Scotland Willis
- Bill Trabucco
- Hiep Nguyen
- Felix Arroyo, Jr.
Update: Connolly's team tells me that he was, in fact, in the parade. He had no banner, only a small group, was marching out-of-order (nearer the front), and I obviously missed him. Sorry!
Another surprising move is the absence of Nguyen, since A-B has a substantial Asian-American population -- not just Chinese-American, but a growing number of Vietnamese-Americans, too.
The bottom six candidates in cash-in-hand as of the end of August were all among the ten no-shows in the A-B parade. That can't be a coincidence, suggesting that a parade entrance fee (and the effort/expense of organizing people to attend) was considered by many of them to be a poor use of limited resources. But Felix Arroyo, Jr., is wallowing in cash -- and his father attended the parade back in 2007 -- so his absence is hard to explain.