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LGBT activists say the main parade organizer, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, has been under increasing pressure to allow diversity, especially after New York state passed its Marriage Equality Act in 2011, allowing marriages for same-sex couples.
The two grand marshals at the 15th annual St. Pat’s for All parade were longtime human rights activist Kerry Kennedy and Tony Award-winning actor Brian O’Byrne.
Article continues belowPatti Lowenhaupt, a retired art teacher and Queens resident who showed up for the parade, said people “are all human beings underneath it all.”
“We here in Queens have the ability to accept all kinds of people,” Lowenhaupt said.
Several protesters, however, stood on the side holding signs that read “Sodom & Gomorrah.”
Other elected officials participating in the St. Pat’s for All parade included City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and city Comptroller Scott Stringer.
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