Finally Bill De Blasio has a parade he can celebrate – it’s all inclusive, and the blemish is removed from the city since this year’s parade included the LGBT community.
In October, the organizers announced that the Lavender & Green Alliance, an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, would be permitted to carry a banner this year and march as an independent group. It would the first openly Irish-American gay and lesbian group allowed to march.
Mayor de Blasio attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral before marching in the parade today.
From CNS News: Homosexual advocates are celebrating today’s St. Patrick Day parade in New York City with a new twist on a beloved Irish ballad.
“Gay Irish eyes are smiling,” the March 4 article posted on the Advocate’s website begins, citing the fact that homosexual groups will be participating in the parade and so will Mayor Bill De Blasio.
“De Blasio, who had boycotted the parade for two years due to its anti-LGBT policy, made the announcement Thursday (March 3) at the Irish consulate,” the article stated.
“He declared it a ‘beautiful day’ to a cheering crowd, which included members of New York’s Irish LGBT community and Consul General Barbara Jones,” it stated.
“Ending his boycott, the mayor will join 300 marchers of the Lavender and Green Alliance in this year’s parade,” the article said.
“For the last two decades, there’s been a blemish on this city because we couldn’t be all we were meant to be,” De Blasio said at the consulate. “For the first time in decades the whole Irish community will come together to celebrate.”
In an article posted on the parade’s official website, the inclusion of homosexual groups is celebrated.
(Read more at CNS News)
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