NY St. Pattys Day Parade – more anti-gay than Irish

Timothy Kincaid

September 22nd, 2010

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, who control and operate the St. Patrict’s Day Parade in New York City, have long opposed allowing gay Irishmen to participate as such. This is matter of pride as good Irish Catholics.

Of course, real good Irish Catholics don’t have so much of a problem with Teh Ghey. The Irish in Ireland seem to be rather fond of gay folk. So much so, that the President of Ireland declined an offer to be Grand Marshall of the parade if they wouldn’t let gay folk participate. (Irish Central)

Irish President Mary McAleese has turned down an invitation to be grand marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2011, the historic 250th anniversary of the event.

The turn down is said to be connected to the issue of gays being refused the right to march in the parade under their own banners, and McAleese’s strong relationship with gay and lesbian organizations in Ireland.

Although having President McAleese (a devout Catholic) as Grand Marshall on this important anniversary would have been quite a coup for the AOH, it was far more important that they keep gay Irish people out of the Irish celebration.

Lucrece

September 22nd, 2010

Now, the Irish do walk the walk when it comes to the sense of justice.

Rob

September 22nd, 2010

Why does it always have to be the Ancient Order of Hibernians to control the New York St-Patrick Parade? Why not the Irish American Association?

Stewart P.

September 22nd, 2010

It’s terrible that they have to exclude people.

I, for one, don’t see the point.

TampaZeke

September 22nd, 2010

I wish Hillary Clinton and others who proudly march in that bigot parade understood the issue as well as the President of Ireland.

President McAleese, you ROCK!

customartist

September 23rd, 2010

This is not a St. Patric’s Day Parade but a Hate-the-Gays Day Parade.

While Irish and Catholics aren’t identical, I live in a community which is predominantly made up of Catholics from the North who have transplanted to the South and they are Classic, Classic Bigots.

Timothy (TRiG)

January 18th, 2011

Title: St. Pattys Day (add an apostrophe).
Text: St. Patrick‘s Day (change t to k).

(I’d leave out the full stop after St too, on the basis that contractions shouldn’t have full stops (Mr, Mrs, Dr, Prof., Leut, Col., St) but American practice is to include a full stop in these positions.)

TRiG.

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