Mayor Bill de Blasio Will Skip St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Policy on Gays

Written by Stacey Leasca

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking a stand for equality and sitting out of this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade, making him the first mayor in 20 years to refuse to participate.

Only one group is permitted to carry an LGBT-themed banner in the parade up Fifth Avenue in New York City this year, but the mayor doesn’t feel that is enough.

In a statement the Mayor said Sunday, “We need something more for it to really feel like we’ve turned the corner. A lot of people feel – I think, rightfully – that that is too small a change to merit a lot of us participating.”

According to the mayor’s staff, de Blasio will reconsider if the organizers of the parade change their minds and allow others to join the parade.

The parade organizers only allowed the one group, called OUT@NBCUniversal, to march in the parade after Guinness, one of the parade’s major sponsors, withdrew its support. NBC is also the station televising the parade.

De Blasio additionally told reporters, “I’m not ready to commit to marching, because all we’ve heard is that one delegation related to NBC will be allowed to have members of the LGBT community in it. Even though it is a statement of some progress that this NBC delegation has been included. We need something more for it to really feel like we’ve turned the corner here.”

The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day parade has been held for more than 250 years. This year Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, will serve as grand marshal.

This post originally appeared on RYOT.

Photo Credit: Bill de Blasio / Flickr

133 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Mahmoud Khalil
Mahmoud Khalil3 years ago

noted

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Miriam O.

Thank you for sharing!

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Deborah W.
Deborah W3 years ago

Each can choose ... come out and enjoy the day, or stay inside and take a nap. This mayoral wedge is well placed.

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Elizabeth F.
Elizabeth F3 years ago

noted

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scarlett g.
.3 years ago

It`s impossible for a POLITICIAN to be neutral, or unbiased anymore with deals being made,money contributed....Let`s be HONEST!!! They may go into politics with good intentions BUT it doesn`t LAST!!!

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Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Mitch D.
Mitch D3 years ago

Don't you just love the ignoramuses like Joe S.& Freddy R- it is TRUE comedy to read Freddy R's nonsense ... I highly doubt that you have studied ALL religions? And, dude, get some sort of an education- Eutopia???? It is spelled Utopia moron. And, how DO gays dress? In clothing perhaps? Your comments are like "hell"- there I said in "polite company"! I wish you could see me- laughing!!!

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Jane H.
Jane H3 years ago

This has been happening for quite a while---so, hooray for Mr. Mayor!!

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