NYC St. Patrick’s parade organizers choose 2nd LGBT group

Melissa Soucy, center, of Morristown, N.J. waves at the participants marching up 5th Ave during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in New York.

Melissa Soucy, center, of Morristown, N.J. waves at the participants marching up 5th Ave during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in New York. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Melissa Soucy, center, of Morristown, N.J. waves at the participants marching up 5th Ave during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in New York. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Melissa Soucy, center, of Morristown, N.J. waves at the participants marching up 5th Ave during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in New York.

NEW YORK — Organizers have chosen a second gay group to march in New York City‘s St. Patrick’s Day parade next year.

The parade’s board of directors announced Tuesday that it has selected the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender group called The Lavender & Green Alliance.

The group joins [email protected], which this year became the first gay group to march in the parade’s history. The organization has been invited to participate again next year.

The parade’s organizers previously announced plans to open its ranks to more gay groups after years of resisting open displays of LGBT-pride.

The board also voted to renew the parade broadcast contract with long-time partner WNBC-TV.

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