Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday he will sit out the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade because of organizers’ refusal to allow participants to carry gay-pride signs.
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In response to an open letter calling for uniformed city workers not to participate in the parade, de Blasio said they should be able to partake if they wish.
“I believe uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to, and I respect that right,” he said.I'm Irish, as my name and translucent skin readily announce to the world. I've always had a soft spot for the St. Patrick's Day tradition of revelry, but the one part I've always been puzzled by is the pointless hostility to gays. There are plenty of gay and lesbian Irish people. I've seen 'em with me own eyes!
To my Irish brethren: Get with the times. Embrace the inevitable change and you will be celebrated for it. The parade will go on as good as its ever been.
And anyway: how can you find the pot o' gold without a rainbow?