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New York City mayor to boycott St. Patrick’s Day parade

Catholic World News - February 05, 2014

Bill De Blasio will be the first New York City mayor in memory to boycott the St. Patrick’s Day parade because the parade’s organizers do not permit the display of signs associated with the gay and lesbian movement.

“I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city," said the mayor, who assumed office on January 1. “But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade.”

The mayor, however, will permit city employees to march in the parade in their uniforms, the Associated Press reported.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Feb. 06, 2014 2:48 PM ET USA

    Is De Blasio proffering a threat or a promise here? Let's hope it's the latter. Was he invited to attend? If so, don't repeat this error next year.

  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Feb. 05, 2014 10:38 PM ET USA

    This is great news! Would that other politicians absent themselves from these sorts of celebrations! This is a parade celebrating St. Patrick, who I doubt would approve of what the mayor is asking for. If St. Patrick came to life today, I am SURE he and the mayor would not see eye to eye on this issue-and likely on most issues. If the mayor would likely boycott St. Patrick himself, he has no business in his parade! Attention: Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Biden, Ms. Kennedy, Gov Cuomo, "Catholic" legislators.

  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Feb. 05, 2014 6:57 PM ET USA

    De Blasio has a right to disagree and the parade organizers have a right to set their parade rules. If the gay and lesbian groups don't like it, tough. Don't go.

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