NYC Mayor de Blasio Boycotts St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Its Anti-Gay Policy
The Associated Press writes:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be marching in the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade, deciding to skip one of his city's signature celebrations because the event organizers refuse to let participants carry pro-gay signs.
De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the traditional march along Fifth Avenue.
"I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city," said de Blasio on Tuesday during an unrelated press conference at City Hall. "But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade."
The parade, a tradition that predates the city itself, draws more than 1 million people each March 17 to line one of Manhattan's most famous thoroughfares to watch about 200,000 participants. It has long been a mandatory stop on the city's political trail, and will include marching bands, traditional Irish dancers and thousands of uniformed city workers.
Naturally we're sure this will snowball into people claiming that de Blasio is anti-Irish or anti-Irish Catholic. That clearly isn't the case and we applaud him for standing firm in his convictions and in his support for the LGBT community.