Fear of public humiliation isn’t the actual reason he gives, of course. He’s got a convenient excuse.
Mayor de Blasio confirmed Monday that he would not be marching in New York City’s main St. Patrick’s Day Parade, despite organizers’ decision to allow a single gay group to march.
Last year, the mayor also skipped the event, saying he disagreed with organizers’ policy of banning gay groups from marching under their own banners. A few weeks ago, he marched in the St. Pat’s for All parade in Queens, an inclusive event.
This year, organizers have said they have dropped the ban, and announced plans for OUT@NBCUniversal, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender support group at the company that broadcasts Tuesday’s parade, to march. Other gay groups can apply to march in future years, spokesman Bill O’Reilly has said.
But some gay activists have called it a token gesture. The group Irish Queers has argued that OUT@NBCUniversal members should not march until the parade is opened up more broadly to gay organizations.
Let’s just give up and make it a gay parade. Maybe then people will be happy. After all, it’s only the 254th New York St. Patrick’s parade, so it’s not like there’s any tradition. Oh, and by the way:
Meanwhile, the Catholic League has also said it will sit out this year’s march up Fifth Avenue because event organizers aren’t letting an anti-abortion group march.
It’s always something.