Mayor de Blasio will march in this month’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, ending his boycott over the march’s exclusion of gay groups.
After the parade got rid of the prohibition and opted to allow LGBT groups to march under their own banners, the mayor plans to join in the Fifth Ave. parade March 17 for the first time, he said Wednesday.
“The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a New York City tradition, but for years Irish LGBT New Yorkers could not show their pride,” de Blasio said. “Finally, they can celebrate their heritage by marching in a parade that now represents progress and equality. New York wouldn’t be New York without the contribution of Irish New Yorkers, and today they have another reason to be proud of that contribution.”
De Blasio’s refusal to march in the parade marked the first time in 20 years a mayor had boycotted.
Last year, the prohibition was partially dropped when a group representing gay employees at NBC was allowed to march, but de Blasio said that “narrow concession” was ”too small a change” and skipped it.