St. Patrick’s Day Parade
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.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade won’t be the only event shutting down city streets this weekend. The New York City Half Marathon is Sunday.
In a letter on its website, the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee said, “The City of Hoboken’s inability to protect our spectators, bands and participants led us to this heartbreaking decision.”
A sea of green flooded Fifth Avenue as spectators and marchers took to the streets for the country’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
For many, it’s no laughing matter. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s joke about the Irish and drinking has drawn boos from the crowd.