Organizers predict more than 1 million people will attend
After boycotting snow removal, William Wilhelm Jr. aka Bill de Blasio will be boycotting the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Bill de Blasio doesn't seem like a fan of parades in general. Before the election he showed up at the Columbus Day Parade and claimed that he wasn't doing it to support Columbus.
Wilhelm Jr. isn't a fan of St. Patrick either because the parade doesn't allow gay rights signs. That will make Bill de Blasio the first mayor since Dinkins to pull this stunt.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won’t be marching in the nation’s largest St. Patrick's Day parade this year in protest for gay rights.
The Democrat said he won’t march along Fifth Avenue because of organizers’ refusal to allow gay-pride signs in the parade, the Associated Press reported.
Organizers said gay-rights activists are allowed to march but cannot carry signs because it could take away from the parade’s focus on honoring Irish tradition.
Organizers predict more than 1 million people will attend on March 17.
And how many of them voted for Bill de Blasio?But you can sympathize with Bill's position. His wife is a lesbian after all.
The Sandinista mayor's position though isn't radical enough for the even more radical left.
LGBT leaders and other officials, including Public Advocate Tish James, wrote an open letter to the mayor yesterday in the Gay City News calling on him to “Ban Uniformed City Personnel in Discriminatory St. Pat’s Parade.” The police commissioner and uniformed police, firefighters and other city personnel typically march in the parade down Fifth Avenue every year.
“The presence of uniformed police and firefighters in such a procession sends a clear signal to LGBTQ New Yorkers that these personnel, who are charged with serving and protecting all New Yorkers, do not respect the lives or safety of LGBT people,” they wrote. “We are asking you to direct all City departments not to organize marchers for or allow personnel to participate in this anti-LGBTQ procession either in uniform or with any banner that identifies them with the City.”
And then maybe compel the NYPD's Irish cops to march in the Gay Pride Parade instead.
The St. Patrick's Day parade predated New York City. It will be around long after Bill de Blasio is sleeping in one of those specialized nursing homes for old leftists.