Rain on my Parade
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.
Rain on de Parade
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.
Marching in March
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.
Rain on my Parade
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.
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.”