Skip to comments.Boston, NYC mayors to skip St. Pat's parades
Posted on 02/27/2014 5:47:13 PM PST by Impala64ssa
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is threatening to boycott the St. Patrick's Day parade unless organizers allow a group of gay military veterans to march, joining New York's mayor in protesting parade policies on gay groups.
Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, said Thursday he's been trying to broker a deal with the city's parade organizers to allow a gay veterans group sponsored by MassEquality to march in this year's parade. He said allowing gay groups to participate is long overdue.
"It's 2014 - it's far beyond the time where we should be even having this discussion because they're veterans who fought for this country just like any other veteran," Walsh said.
"I made a commitment during the campaign ... that I would fight for equality and that's what this is all about."
But parade planners appeared unwilling to budge.
Lead parade organizer Philip Wuschke Jr. said gay people are not prohibited from marching with other groups. But he said organizers do not want the parade to turn into a demonstration for a particular group.
"The theme of the parade is St. Patrick's Day. It is not a sexually oriented parade," he said. "All we want to do is have a happy parade. The parade is a day of celebration, not demonstration."
In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will skip the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade in Manhattan because participants are not allowed to carry signs or banners identifying themselves as gay.
"I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city," de Blasio said during a press conference earlier this month. "But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade."
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why do we have to inject homosexuality into every public event?
what does homosexuality have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?
Don’t they have enough fabulous opportunities for self expression and all that during the annual gay pride parades and events? Must they co-opt other events, and in this case, tell us that gays like St. Patrick’s Day too? Is this really necessary???
St Patricks Day is all about homosexuality. Always has been. It’s shocking that anyone would want to suddenly change the traditional approach and introduce something like the Irish, or bring any sort of Saint into the picture. Where do they come up with these ideas??? Let’s get the parade back to a celebration of fudge packing and just move on with our lives.
The St. Patrick Day organizers are foolishly trying to keep the parade focused on the Irish.
St. Patrick's Day, like all other events, is supposed to be all about promoting leftist causes. Why are the St. Patrick Day organizers being so insensitive?
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has traditionally been a celebration of the Catholicism that sustained Irish immigrants as they became Americans. The parade is preceded by a mass celebrated by the Cardinal at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.The review stand sits on the steps of St. Patrick’s. It is not clear why homosexuals would want to intrude on a Catholic celebration when they have so distanced themselves from the values and beliefs of Catholicism. Would it be appropriate for a contingent of German army veterans to march in the Salute to Israel parade? It is appropriate that politicians such as DeBlasio and Walsh who take public positions such as pro abortion and pro gay marriage exclude themselves or are excluded. It would be hypocritical for them to march in a Catholic celebration. Also people of conscience should be forced to “march” with them in any manner.
“It’s 2014 - it’s far beyond the time where we should be even having this discussion because they’re veterans who fought for this country just like any other veteran”
So why separate themselves from any other veteran?
oh yes, boston mayor marty walsh. aside from the fact that as a former Massachusetts state senator his corruption is a given, the following is the logic he expects us to swallow.
as a senator, he voted against the death penalty and spoke out against it many times. but when asked his opinion on holders decision to apply the death penalty to the boston marathon bomber, he said,
“I am against the death penalty but support eric holders decision”
amazing. these are our leaders. two faced and corrupt, hoping only that there are enough welfare recipients and union members to vote for them.
they can march with their fellow veterans (if they can keep their d*cks in their pants)
Saint Patrick’s Day parades are for the Gaelics, not for the gay licks. Who cares if those two a**&$#@s are not going to be there?
Within five or ten years, the escalating antics of homosexuals are going to result in political benefits for those mayors who march in any parade from which explicit homosexual provocateurs have been excluded.
Because gays want to inject their lifestyle into EVERYTHING?
As someone who has been to the NYC parade a few times I’m happy to hear this. To me, the low point in the parade is when some dopey Italian/German/Jewish/Hispanic/Black mayor makes an ass out of himself walking up Fifth Avenue in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, wearing an Irish sweater his chief of staff purchased that morning.
All gay all the time
They can say it as many times as they want , because no one cares
God has disabused New York's Catholics of that notion.
This is very similar to the time her Thighness Hilary, was campaigning for US Senate in NY. While speaking to a Hasidic group in New Square, she rather condescendingly tried to woo them by saying she recently discovered Jewish ancestry in her family(Recently? I thought she was the world's smartest woman? What gives?) Just the other day, the Haughty John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, pulled the same HEY-gang-guess-what-I-got-Jewish-ancestry-in-my-family ploy while visiting Israel.
What’s the over/under for all-gay-all-the-time Passion Plays this upcoming Christmas Season?
These fairies make me want to puke.
Faggies rule, you thilly thavages!!!
The Cardinal Archbishop of New York should have already announced that de Blasio and other pro-aborts are not welcome to march in the parade. That would have taken care of the problem.
They can stay the heck home then. The Pat’s celebrants don’t need their agenda driven presence.
IIRC, Kerry doesn’t have a drop of Irish blood, but allowed the morons in Massachusetts to assume he did for decades. He’s German/Jewish, I think.
Since he’s pro-abortion, he’s always had the Irish Catholic vote sewed up, anyway.
The media will now go full out to condemn the parade organizers as barring homos from marching because they’re HATERS!!!!! The facts are, there have probably been many thousands of homosexuals who’ve marched in those parades over the decades. They just didn’t identify themselves as such. Another reason to hate DiBlasio and the stupid Boston mayor.
Silly faggots, d*cks are for chicks ;)
it’s not every public event... it’s every public CHRISTIAN event or holiday
it’s just an all out attack on Christianity
stop buying any goods from advertisers that support their agenda
They will paint them green.
How nice! Spearmint flavored, of course?
Just avoid the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” signs.
Best post of the day, ha!
Exactly. Nobody cares one way or another if some individual participating in the event is gay, but that’s different from making it all about some (fictional) “gay identity” by showing up with a group marching under its own “sexual identity” banner.
Especially one that is unacceptable to the Catholic Church which, like it or not, was the source from which US culture got St. Patrick.
Frankly...I wouldn’t mess with a *Southie*.
These mayors made political decisions. The homosexuals are more important than the Americans who are of Irish descent. Vote Republican.
Man made holy days like St. Patrick’s day are not on Messiah’s calendar.
His days are clear in Leviticus.
Maybe this is God’s gentle way of telling you all to skip it and focus on the Creator, and not the created..
Who wants the corrupt Commie mayor of NYC in the parade, anyway? If I was an organizer, I’d be thrilled that freak was avoiding it.
They may go full out as you say but they went full out twenty years ago over gay marchers and they lost big time. The organizers simply refused to bow to pressure. There’s been very little outcry from gays in recent years. Which might be a lesson for all of us in dealing with whiners, cry babies and harassers.
Yep, we’ve gone from “You must tolerate us.” to “You must celebrate us.”
....and the decline continues.
Let those mayors stay away. Who needs more queer loving morons at their parade?
They should also invite the nearest Orange Order band. And somewhere there must be an organization of stamp collectors that can be included too. And what about any remaining worshipers of Crom?
The proper response is for every Republican elected official and Republican candidate to show up and, without fanfare, participate in the parade. Thanks Impala64ssa.