I’m sorry, but it’s the St Patrick’s Day Parade, not the gay pride parade. Why does every parade have to have rainbow flags? We have our day and I think the Irish should have theirs, without strings.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said today he will sit out the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade because of organizers’ refusal to allow participants to carry gay-pride signs.
LGBT New Yorkers are allowed to walk in the parade, but they aren’t allowed to identify themselves by their sexual orientation.
“No, I am not planning on marching in the parade,” de Blasio said at a City Hall press conference. “I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city, but I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade.”
His predecessors, Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani, marched every year that they were in office.