St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The spat between gay rights groups and the Catholic League began ahead of the 253rd annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade on Monday.
The world’s largest parade celebrating Irish heritage set off down Fifth Avenue on a cold and gray morning, the culmination of a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry.
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.
While you may have the luck of the Irish on your side, without a little planning and foresight, you’re day of celebrating could become a bit overwhelming. So here’s our guide to enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and all that the city has to offer.
Bratton, who’s Irish-American, was asked Thursday if he was planning to march during an unrelated press conference in Manhattan. He simply said “yes” and did not elaborate.
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the council won’t have an official presence at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of rules that prevent gay and lesbian groups from identifying themselves while marching.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won’t partake in the parade along Fifth Avenue because of organizers’ refusal to allow participants to carry gay-pride signs.
The flagship parade on Fifth Avenue was held a day early, but two more parades were held in New York City Sunday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
One of the great New York City traditions, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, headed up Fifth Avenue Saturday.
Several major thoroughfares in Midtown will be closed for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums Band will march in Saturday’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade. Immediately after the parade, members of the band will head to John F. Kennedy International Airport to board a flight to Dublin.
Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee General Chairman Brendan Sheehan said the group was denied permission to march because of past alcohol-related issues.
An early St. Patrick’s Day was held in Queens Sunday, by a group that says the Fifth Avenue Parade set to take to the street in about two weeks is not inclusive.
While the actual St. Patrick’s Day isn’t coming for a couple of weeks, a parade was held in the Rockaways Saturday as a source of hope for those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
This is a weekend when everyone claims to be Irish, and it was a time to “go green” on Friday afternoon at the city’s 77th St. Patrick’s Day parade.