New York City mayor marches in gay pre-St. Patrick’s Day parade; won’t commit to marching’ in official event which has historically excluded LGBT groups

Marchers carry a banner reading ‘St. Pat’s for All’ on Sunday in the snowy weather

Mayor Bill de Blasio attended a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, and told participants that a society for all is one that embraces and respects everyone.

The St. Pat’s for All parade stepped off in Queens under a heavy snowfall. It was held as an alternative to the city’s centuries-old St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan, which for years has excluded gay groups and this year is scheduled for March 17.

De Blasio, a Democrat, refused to march in last year’s Manhattan parade because it wasn’t fully inclusive, and Guinness beer dropped its sponsorship. Organizers said last year, though, that they would welcome one gay contingent under its own banner this year.

On Sunday, de Blasio said he is ‘not ready to commit to marching’ in this year’s Manhattan event…

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