NYC Mayor DeBlasio Refuses to March in St. Patricks Day Parade Over Homophobic Ban
As a huge showing of support against homophobia in the St Patricks Day Parade Planners policies, Mayor De Blasio has chosen to continue his long running boycott of the parade itself.
De Blasio states:
“No I am not planning on marching in the parade, I haven’t in the past in my capacity as a public official,” he added. “I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city … But I simply disagree with the organizer of that parade in their exclusion of some individuals in the city.”
Going on to say “I believe that uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to. And I respect that right.” The parade has long barred the participation of gay groups to the chagrin of many New Yorkers.