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    St. Pat's For All Parade


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     alexpreditor heard about the St. Pat's for All parade in Sunnyside, Queens, New York on Twitter when she was looking for something to over the weekend. "It was the most important event I could cover that weekend," she said. "It's about a lot of relevant topics: gay rights, St. Patrick's Day." Since 2000, the parade has been held to celebrate the diversity of the Irish and Irish-American communities. "This is the largest group of city council members attending the parade," she told us. "Mayor De Blasio's presence also had a great affect on attendance. St Patrick's Day will be the first time in 20 years that the mayor does not march in the 5th Ave. Manhattan parade."

    De Blasio and other city council members are reportedly boycotting the long-standing 5th Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan because participants have been banned from carrying banners identifying themselves as gay.
    - Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer

    Mayor Bill De Blasio joined members of the New York City Council and Irish government to celebrate and march in the St. Pat's For All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens, New York this Sunday after announcing he would not be participating in the 253rd New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade (5th Ave Parade) due to its continued choice not to allow gay banners.


    I interviewed members of the parade committee and organizations such as Irish Queers about the upcoming 5th Ave Parade in Manhattan and how they got involved with its alternative, the St. Pat's For All.


    Since 2000, the St. Pat's for All parade has celebrated the diversity of the Irish and Irish American communities of New York and provided a safe haven for the openly gay to march.



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