A decision by Guinness and other major beer companies to drop their sponsorship of today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because of its organizer’s stance on LGBT participation, has earned the ire of the Catholic League, which is now calling for a boycott of the brands. Continue reading “Catholic Group Calls for Guinness Boycott”
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will be skipping today’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Fifth Avenue to protest its policy of excluding openly gay groups, welcomed Irish leaders to Gracie Mansion this morning, where he did his best to smooth relations that have gotten off to a rocky start.
The New York Times reported this weekend that in his two-and-a-half months in office, Mr. de Blasio has managed to repeatedly slight some Irish New Yokers, earning harsh editorials in community newspapers and other complaints from critics. Continue reading “De Blasio Kicks Off St. Patrick’s Day With Gracie Breakfast”
In an apparent slip of the tongue, Mayor Bill de Blasio today said he had skipped yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Rockaways because it excluded some groups–even though he had marched in the same event last year.
“My approach has been to embrace parades that are inclusive. And that’s the standard we’re going to hold,” he said today during the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens, when asked why he’d skipped the event Saturday, drawing criticism from some in the Sandy-ravaged neighborhood. Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio Attends ‘St. Pat’s for All’ Parade After Skipping Rockaways Event”
Bill Bratton will march in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a decision that will separate the police commissioner from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council, which is officially boycotting the Irish-American celebration.
Parade organizers have drawn fire because they do not allow groups with signs or banners identifying themselves as LGBT to march. Continue reading “Bill Bratton Will March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade”
Following Mayor Bill de Blasio announcement that he will break with a recent tradition and refuse to march in the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade, the City Council has announced it will do the same. Continue reading “City Council Joins de Blasio in St. Patrick’s Parade Boycott”
Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to skip this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, citing the exclusion of openly gay participants. But one of his Irish-American commissioners is going to march anyway.
“I march in a lot of St. Patrick’s Day parades and I’ll probably march in this one this year too,” Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty told Geraldo Rivera in a radio interview this morning. Continue reading “De Blasio Commissioner to March in St. Patrick’s Parade”
At the St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Rockaways this weekend, Mayor Michael Bloomberg found himself the target of angry protesters who heckled him and accused City Hall of ignoring their neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. But asked about it as he broke ground for a new Long Island City housing development today, Mr. Bloomberg said he wasn’t personally bothered by the criticism.
“Look, these are people who are frustrated because they’ve been dealt a bad hand by God,” he told Politicker. “I understand the frustration and if you take it out by booing the mayor, okay, so what? It was still a nice parade.”