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City Council Won’t March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade Either

Parade-goers watch marching bands make their way up 5th Avenue during the 252th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16, 2013.

The city’s main St. Patrick’s Day parade, which heads down Fifth Avenue every year, doesn’t allow gay participants or groups to publicly identify as such while they march, a policy that has led to a mass political exodus. Following the lead of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the City Council as a whole has said it won’t participate. Individual members may march, but “there will be no official City Council presence at the parade, no banner, and no Sergeant-at-Arms present,” Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office announced.

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