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De Blasio to skip NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over ban on gay pride signs

Groups, such as colleges or firefighter groups that march, can identify themselves but LGBT groups cannot
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Updated: 5:30 p.m. EST

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be marching in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, deciding to skip one of his city’s signature celebrations because the event organizers refuse to let participants carry pro-gay signs.

Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio

De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the traditional march along Fifth Avenue.

“I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city,” said de Blasio on Tuesday during an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade.”

The parade, a tradition that predates the city itself, draws more than 1 million people each March 17 to line one of Manhattan’s most famous thoroughfares to watch about 200,000 participants. It has long been a mandatory stop on the city’s political trail, and will include marching bands, traditional Irish dancers and thousands of uniformed city workers.

Since the 1990s, the event’s ban on pro-gay signs and banners has spurred protests and litigation and led to the creation of an alternative, gay-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade in Queens. In recent years, several elected officials – including de Blasio when he was public advocate – attended the inclusive parade and boycotted the traditional parade.

Though de Blasio’s predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage rights, he still marched in the Fifth Avenue parade all 12 years he was in office. Rudolph Giuliani also participated every year he was mayor.

The parade dates from 1762, more than a century before the five boroughs linked to form modern New York City. It is run by a private organization, and judges have said the organizers have a First Amendment right to choose participants in their event.

Groups, such as colleges or firefighter groups that march, can identify themselves but LGBT groups cannot.

A request for comment from the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee was not immediately returned. Organizers have previously said that the event is simply a celebration of the city’s strong Irish heritage and that gays are welcome to march in the parade as long as they do not carry identifying signs or banners.

The mayor, a Democrat, also said Tuesday that he won’t heed activists’ call to ban city workers from marching while wearing their uniforms.

Several elected officials, including Public Advocate Letitia James, signed a petition r eleased Tuesday that suggested that because members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community could not sport anything to identify themselves, the city workers should also not wear anything to proclaim who they are.

“I believe uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to, and I respect that right,” de Blasio said.

Thousands of uniformed workers – from the police, fire, corrections and sanitation departments – march in the parade every year. The parade’s grand marshal this year is Jack Ahearn, the head of a local operating engineers union.

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  1. He da bomb!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:31pm
  2. BRAVO Mr. MAYOR

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:32pm
  3. f’ da Irish…for this crap..and I am one..a FINDLEY and a BRADY

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:32pm
  4. Wow!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:33pm
  5. Because there aren’t any gay people in Ireland? smh

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:33pm
  6. They have Gay pride thats when you can wave your rainbow 4 leave clovers because gay pride also celebrated gay culture in every heritage. This is to celebrate being Irish..not being gay. We have our parade they have theirs get over it

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:32pm
  7. Im half irish so your barking at the wrong boat. The parade isn't just "Yours"

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:34pm
  8. O.K.....Then lets ban ALL Irish people from every other parade.....

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:34pm
  9. I'm both, Dustin... but not in two separate pieces.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:38pm
  10. Then no signs should be allowed !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:34pm
  11. Good job!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:34pm
  12. But he’ll still put a police chief in charge that invented stop and frisk. No amount of parade skipping will make him a less horrible mayor for Queer people

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:34pm
  13. Queer People...such none bigoted comment. NOT!!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:41pm
  14. You wanna try that again with a cohesive sentence? I'll wait

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:59pm
  15. Thorin, using the word Queer is unacceptable. Obviously you are too ignorant to realize it......

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:39pm
  16. Yeah I've only been identifying with it since I came out, I guess I just haven't learned enough in that time. Guess I should take some more Queer Theory classes which are offered at most major colleges. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queer_theory

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:48pm
  17. It's the Q in fuckin' LGBTQ nation

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:56pm
  18. People Queer is an actual word. It's a slur that's being actively reclaimed (which means queer people get to say it, it doesn't mean cishets get any access to it at all).

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:57pm
  19. In a shocking turn of events, queer people get to use the word queer. I know, I know, I'm stunned.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:58pm
  20. Thank you

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:34pm
  21. well done mate

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:35pm
  22. Mayor Bill de Blasio should tell NYPD to NOT arrest any LGBTIQ NYers who march in the PUBLICLY FUNDED St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In fact he should march with them.

    He needs to get the NYC Council to pass the
    Parade Equal Opportunity Participating Law allowing all NYCers to participate in any parade on public streets. Any gay bashing cult that does not want to parade with LGBTIQ NYCers can STAY HOME but there is not one person on this planet born with the authority to deny any LGBTIQ human being our birth right to unalienable constitutional rights.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:35pm
  23. Good for you Mr. Mayor!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:35pm
  24. I agree, I am lesbian, and the St. Pat’s day parade is to celebrate the Irish. Period. Get over it. Gay signs are not needed. We don’t have to put signs up everywhere we go. Get a grip, people.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:38pm
  25. But you notice gay pride parades don't ban people from also displaying their Irish pride?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:53pm
  26. Agatha Desmond. I agree 100%. Not the place for this. Not everything has to be GAY.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:53pm
  27. Not everything should be gay, but certainly the Irish Parade should be. Once they let gays carry signs, people would be over this discriminatory thing and everything would be back to the way it was -- a boring parade and an excuse for straight boys to get drunk and piss in the streets.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:23pm
  28. Everyone has the right to march INCLUDING Gays......

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:33pm
  29. It's not a gay pride parade god don't you people get that? It's about being Irish not being gay, 2 totally different things. You can wave rainbow irish flags in the gay pride parade thats what it's for all LGBT people of all nationalities are welcome

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:37pm
  30. What...there aren't gay Irish people who want to celebrate both parts of who they are in this parade??!!! Bravo, Mr. De Blasio!!!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:46pm
  31. So Agatha & Dustin: this parade has no groups in it? It's just one big line of Irish people with NO other distinguishing characteristic? No softball teams, no churches, no companies? JUST IRISH and that's it? Because otherwise, gay Irish people have just as much right to organize and participate.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:53pm
  32. This is ridiculous... All you idiots are making LGBT look like nothing but drama queens. Stop its embarrasing

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:55pm
  33. Stop making everything so straight. Pretending Irish people are all hetero sounds dangerous.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:58pm
  34. What's wrong with being gay AND Irish?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:08pm
  35. This is SO much LESS an issue in the old country...much more accepting than the 'so called' Irish here...btw we don't even HAVE a thing called corned beef in Eire!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:09pm
  36. Do you, Agatha, have any understanding about what this is about?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:37pm
  37. i don't really have a problem with the ban at first but the organizers comment said that "Homosexuality is wrong" is what ticks me off the rest of the community....

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:55pm
  38. No gay Irish folk?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00pm
  39. "Not the place for this". So where is the place? In jail? on the execution table? At the gallows or guillotine? Perhaps maybe even just in the closet the other 364 and a half days a year...If scotland can legalize my right to marriage than we can certainly have signs in a damn petty ass parade!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:51pm
  40. I have participated in gay parades in NY and GA. I don't remember signs about Irish or Italian or German or any other ethnic group. It was about being gay. If I participate in an Irish parade, I will celebrate the Irish part of my family. If I participate in an Italian parade, I will celebrate the Italian part of my family. I don't see the need to make it a gay-Irish or gay-Italian statement.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:13pm
  41. My youth group was banned from a St. Patrick's Day parade in Cincinnati for being centered around gays and lesbians. That's not even the primary focus, though. The group, GLSEN, supports safe schools for all. Anyway, all St. Patrick's Day parades are filled with politicians supporting their agenda, why SHOULDN'T LGBT pride be allowed? There are queer Irish people and they have a right to representation. To only allow us in pride parades is blatant segregation and discrimination.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:55pm
  42. Likewise, just because YOU PERSONALLY have never seen a gay Irish sign in a pride parade doesn't mean it's not allowed. We're not even allowed to march in New York's or Cincinnati's St. Patrick's Day parade.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:58pm
  43. The problem is that the parade organization somehow sees Gays as unacceptable. That's bullshit! Good for you, Mayor!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:01pm
  44. So can you show your Irish gay pride or is that forboden

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:02pm
  45. I could give a damn how other's might feel--those who cannot relate to what damage is done when someone is made invisible. Gay pride expression is all about that one individual who thinks s/he is all alone in the world. Mainstreamers always THINK the struggle is over long before it actually is.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:50am
  46. Discrimination of any kind is wrong, those whose posts do not believe this are what is wrong with America. You people get over it.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:30am
  47. Like all politicians he has his own agenda – Parades should be for everyone to participate.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:39pm
  48. Good good.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:39pm
  49. I thought it was Boston having this issue…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:39pm
  50. I guess they never had an Irish gay people in Ireland????

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:40pm
  51. just from the short article I’m inclined to agree with the event organizers. Why mix the 2? We have our time, let them have theirs. What kind of signs did they want to display exactly? I mean, if they’re at least related to the parade’s theme then they should be ok. If not, I don’t see why they’d be appropriate.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:40pm
  52. Doing the Right thing. The St. Paddy Day Parade to tied to the RCC. The #1 Religious Hater of the LBGT.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:40pm
  53. in a whisper (the Knights of Columbus too!) The "Knights" (and Mormons) spent 100's of millions to overturn prop 8 in California)

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:45pm
  54. Ditto on the KOC

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:45pm
  55. NICE!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:40pm
  56. Well said Agatha,couldn’t agree more…..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:41pm
  57. BRAVO and Bless you Mayor De Blasio!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:42pm
  58. BRAVO !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:43pm
  59. Good on him, Saint Patrick’s day is for everyone, and there are plenty of LGBT Irish people who should be proud and welcome.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:43pm
  60. Did you listen to his comments on the Daily Show about stop and frisk? He is against it. Watch the segment

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:43pm
  61. So much for Freedom of Speech.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:46pm
  62. You’re being a drama queen. March or prance and have pride anyways.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:46pm
  63. Good for you, Mr. Mayor. There is nothing wrong with the gay participants maybe wearing a banner with a rainbow coming out of a pot of gold or a four leaf clover Maybe it could say, I’m Irish and gay proud.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:47pm
  64. So the only signs that are prohibited is anything “gay” related? Yeah that’s discrimination! Good for him! Chicago needs a Progressive mayor too!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:48pm
  65. Didja hear about our John? he’s a gay man naaaoo.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:49pm
  66. Awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:49pm
  67. What a kick in the gut. You go, Mr. Mayor. I like your style!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:50pm
  68. and cue FAUX News outrage in 3… 2… 1…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:51pm
  69. I’m Irish, (as in born and live in the Republic of Ireland) and gay and I really don’t get the fuss over this… St. Patrick’s day (NOT pattys or pats) is a day for celebrating irishness, a celebration of our traditions language and culture, it’s not a gay pride parade or a place to make a Political statement. LGBT people can march in the parade, just like here, we march behind our organisations banner and enjoy the parade…. No real issue…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:51pm
  70. There are plenty of organizations that march that have ZERO to do with Irish heritage......

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:41pm
  71. How about not marching because St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the forced conversion and torture of an entire culture. http://www.thedomesticwitch.net/2012/03/st-patrick-and-propaganda-for-pagan.html

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:51pm
  72. I’m gay, but I really think he could do something more productive for the LGBT community. I’m also Irish, and my heritage and sexuality are two completely different concepts. Everyone should be able to celebrate their heritage without any red tape or politics.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:51pm
  73. Who says this is the only thing he is doing? Symbolism carries a great deal of weight.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:40pm
  74. Lucky for him they are so homophobic as it is one of the worst parades down Fifth Avenue. Too many drunken jerks to contend with.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:54pm
  75. Bravo Mr. Mayor! There are Irish who just happen to be LGBT and they should be represented in the parade as well.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:54pm
  76. Breandán Ó HÉamhaigh – can LGBTQ parade marchers actually march behind their organization’s banner? Because it seems like the only prohibited signs are anything “gay” related and that could possibly rule out banners as well. Just wondering.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:56pm
  77. Thank you Bill de Blasio

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:56pm
  78. Well the parade should have only Irish themed floats and Irish bands and Irish balloons…. Celebrate all that is Irish. And we all know there are no gay Irish people to celebrate. Correct?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:56pm
  79. Agatha and others…that’s not the point. It’s the point that if you are gay AND Irish (which I am) you should be able to celebrate both. It’s about expression and celebration of identity…not just parts of it.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:57pm
  80. Then celebrate it at Gay pride and wave your gay irish flag then. We have our parade which celebrate gay people of all cultures that's when to do it

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:33pm
  81. Dustin, you clearly don't understand anything about one's identity do you? There are multiple layers and no one is only celebrating being Irish. There are other aspects of identity that go beyond your ethnicity and they are visible at the parade as well. The gay pride parades also celebrate various aspects of identity. Either way why are you so damn bent on it anyway? Is it really a big deal to want to celebrate who you are in a parade? I mean really? There are bigger things to want to deny in life than someone's ability to show their pride. Get a grip!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:45pm
  82. It’s a public event. They can’t do that unless they ban all signs.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:58pm
  83. “[O]rganizers say gay people are welcome to march, but they say signs celebrating being gay would detract from the parade’s focus on honoring Irish heritage.” News flash: there are gay Irish people.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:58pm
  84. My question is whether any other group is allowed to carry signs, celebrating anything other than being Irish.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:59pm
  85. GOOD

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:01pm
  86. NICE !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:03pm
  87. I’m a HUGE gay activist, but sorry, I tend to agree with the parade organizers. Give the gay flag a rest occasionally. People do get tired of seeing it, and it will eventually only impede our efforts to gain equality. That’s just my own opinion.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:05pm
  88. Sweet❗

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:06pm
  89. I’m gay and Irish couldn’t care less about this news piece in all fairness it’s celebrating being irish who cares what fucking flag you fly once it’s all done when you’re drunk and happy!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:10pm
  90. Why ban gay marriage asshole someone takes it up the butt

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:12pm
  91. Good!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:16pm
  92. Thank you Mr. Mayor

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:21pm
  93. Wow that’s my type of Mayor ! That’s a man that stands for something and is making a statement to the world. You gotta love him !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:26pm
  94. Banning gay pride symbols? I thought NY was past that. I say since discrimination is happening then NY shouldn’t foot the bill for this parade. Let the bigots pay for it with bigot money, not taxes.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:26pm
  95. It’s “nasty” work, but somebody’s gotta do it !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:27pm
  96. Double, triple like!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:29pm
  97. I agree with Agatha Desmond. This is to celebrate being IRISH AND OF IRISH HERITAGE NOT LGBT PRIDE. New York City Has a HUGE Gay pride parade so wave your rainbow 4 leaf clover flags then to celebrate being of the Irish LGBT community because THAT is the time to do it. And yes I am gay I just understand where they are coming from on this one.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:30pm
  98. finally some one who gets it

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:31pm
  99. Good for him!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:31pm
  100. I’m liking this guy more and more.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:35pm
  101. Total bs they can ban our signs but yet if gays were to say no signs of hatred or biggotry we would get shot down. The people of the us need to take back our cities

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:37pm
  102. Aren’t there gays of irish descent? They should then ban ALL signs that aren’t specifically irish.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:38pm
  103. Way to go Mayor DeBlasio

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:40pm
  104. I am gay and I don’t understand all the bitching, it is St Patricks Day, not St Gay Day, must the gays be in everything? It is almost as if you are shoving it down their throats ( no pun intended) give them their day!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:45pm
  105. Pride has its own parade. Make a pride float but otherwise wear green like everyone else. Stop trying to make everything about us. Its not right. I love St Patty’s Day dont steal the joy

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:48pm
  106. The irish heritage comes from ireland, not the USA.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:50pm
  107. I am a gay man and this is MY opinion….this is NOT a gay pride parade kids! So why try and horn in on it? Why make everything about being gay? This is about St.Patricks Day and the Irish….not about our rainbow flag waving asses! BUT if one wanted to be tacky and carry a sign or what ever they shouldn’t be stopped…but just know your tacky and trying to make this about you!
    In our gay pride parades do we have A group of people doing this to us? NO! If we did the gays would bitch about that too! Get off their damn floats and give the Irish their day!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:52pm
  108. Welcome support in this day And age Irish gays cannot march they do in Ireland !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:53pm
  109. finally a mayor with some balls

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:56pm
  110. Good for the Mayor! Standing up for principle and justice!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:03pm
  111. BRAVO Mr MAYOR !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:16pm
  112. Good job Mayor.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:26pm
  113. How could a NY citizen be prevented from carrying a pride flag any time in public? Would the cops arrest them?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:28pm
  114. You rock, Mr. Mayor!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:35pm
  115. Yes.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:35pm
  116. Good for him

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:37pm
  117. All you supporting “no gay signs” make sure there are no “Christian” signs or any other signs promoting anything but Irish heritage. Make sure the are no “pro-life”, “john 3:16″ or any political signs. just saying

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:40pm
  118. Well done.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:53pm
  119. Good for him!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:54pm
  120. Good man!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:59pm
  121. This parade “policy” is complete BS unless *all* non-Irish-specific imagery is off limits. I doubt that’s the case. They have merely zeroed-in on the imagery of LGBT participants and that is a clear case of prejudice. Good for the Mayor!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:09pm
  122. Can’t he override the ruling ?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:10pm
  123. Way to go Mr. Mayor!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:11pm
  124. good to have someone stand up for all people

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:11pm
  125. Go, Mayor DiBlasio! This ban is so out of date. Gay Pride groups have marched in all of the Irish St. Pat’s Day parades for years (decades?) now. Get over it, organizers!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:43pm
  126. Great

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:46pm
  127. You actually have “gay signs”. LOL.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:50pm
  128. If you have any balls he would march in the parade with a “gay sign”.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:51pm
  129. WOW…A ‘real’ ‘adult’ MAYOR !…What a concept !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:52pm
  130. I really like this guy. Well done, NY!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:57pm
  131. But Gay Irish should be able to march and be “out”.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:01pm
  132. I agree its an irish honor parade,,, so,,, irish pride flag???

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:10pm
  133. People need to chill, the parade is to celebrate the Irish, not gay people. Sure there are gay Irish people, but you do not see Irish people or any other nationality holding up their flags during a gay pride parade.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:13pm
  134. Bravo!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:36pm
  135. Thank you Mayor DeBlasio

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:43pm
  136. I will spend my money in NYC. Thank you Mr. Mayor..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:45pm
  137. Bravo Mr. Mayor! See, there are politicians with integrity out there. Now if more would just follow his lead things could get lots better in this country.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:54pm
  138. Bravo, good Man.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:56pm
  139. What a crock! Irish people are gay too you know!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:00pm
  140. At one time in this country, stores posted signs saying “No Irish need apply.” And now the descendants of those banned folks want to be the bigots?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:01pm
  141. I’m glad people are standing up for their values and not allowing others to dictate to them how they should feel. Everyone has the right to vote with their conscience and religious convictions and should not be bullied into changing by anyone.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:15pm
  142. Like this Mayor ..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:20pm
  143. Finally a upstanding Mayor in NYC.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:23pm
  144. Thank you Mayor De Basio!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:28pm
  145. Oops it is De Blasio!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:28pm
  146. Bravo is right! Point being…did they ban any other group from carrying signs???????

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:33pm
  147. NICE!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:51pm
  148. Kills me how so many that were once the outcasts/shunned/descriminated against can turn around and do the same to someone else…just plain sad

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 9:59pm
  149. Wow bill da do nothing is actually going to do something what a shock. Throw him out now

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:07pm
  150. Tak

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:15pm
  151. He should revoke their permit. If they don’t want a parade for all, then there will be no parade at all.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:24pm
  152. He has great political savvy !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:46am
  153. Good for you, Mr. Mayor!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:59am
  154. Good for him.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:08am
  155. How is getting drunk a “religious” parade. This needs to be revisited by the courts.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:23am
  156. Kudos Mr. Mayor! This is nothing more than a bunch of good ‘ol boy crap and needs to be done away with.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:24am
  157. This mayor is playing to all sides. Don’t trust

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:34am
  158. Don’t skip it Bill.. just resign to carrying a pride sign with you.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:47am
  159. That’s a stand-up mayor!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:37am
  160. What the eff is going on in NYC? I was under the impression that is was a progressive city. At least the mayor is.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:39am
  161. Haha! He can’t do that. :P

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:57am
  162. He should revoke their permit.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:09am
  163. at least he’s got the kahunas to skip the bigoted parade and attend the LBGT parade. that’s cool.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:27am
  164. That just shows the fundamentalization of Irish culture in America, if they stuck to their roots, there wouldnt even be a problem with gay pride, there’d be a real problem with Catholicism since St. Patrick called to murder the “snakes” who wouldnt convert. Good for him though to stand up against it!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:00am
  165. St. Patricks day isnt even about the Irish, its centered around CATHOLICISM when it converted and killed Irish Pagans!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:07am
  166. Thank you, Mr. Mayor!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:07am