Guinness Pulls Out of St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Exclusion of Gays

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Parade watchers cheer on marching bands as they make their way up 5th Avenue  during the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17 , 2008 in New York. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/2008 AFP

After the The Stonewall Inn threatened to stop selling its beer, on Sunday, Guinness announced that it's pulling its sponsorship of Monday's St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, leaving Ford Motor Company as the event's only major sponsor. "Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all," the company said in a statement on GLAAD's website. "We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy." Sam Adams dropped its sponsorship of Sunday's parade in Boston, and on Friday, Heineken backed out of the New York event. Newly elected mayors Bill de Blasio and Martin Walsh are boycotting the parades as well, but most St. Patrick's Day revelers probably consider the beer companies more intrinsic to the celebration.