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Discrimination Boycotts in This Year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 18
01:37 2014

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the traditional St. Patrick’s Day march in 2014 because parade organizers refuse to let participants carry pro-gay signs. Parade organizers have said gay groups are not prohibited from marching, but are not allowed to carry gay-friendly signs or identify themselves as LGBT.  Boston Mayor Martin Walsh wasn’t marching in his city’s parade Sunday, either, after talks broke down that would have allowed a gay group to march.

Ireland’s head of government, Enda Kenny, became the first Irish prime minister to attend Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast Sunday. Kenny has resisted pressure, in both Ireland and America, to support the gay rights lobby’s demand to have equal rights to parade on St. Patrick’s Day and he planned to march Monday in New York.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade (in New York) is a parade about our Irishness and not about sexuality, and I would be happy to participate in it,” he said in Dublin before leaving for a six-day trip to the U.S.

The beer company Guinness also dropped sponsorship of the New York parade.

Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy,” the beer company said in a statement.

New York’s parade, a tradition that predates the city itself, draws more than 1 million spectators and about 200,000 participants every March 17. 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.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

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