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Mayor to skip St. Pat’s parade

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:47 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

Mayor de Blasio’s decision to not march in Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade over organizers’ opposition to allowing LGBT groups to march is leading to a wide range of reactions in Queens.

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) called the decision unfortunate and said he hoped the mayor would reconsider.

“Mayor de Blasio’s decision not to march in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is truly unfortunate and disappointing,” he said. “Irish Catholics and all New Yorkers look forward to this event each year as a time to honor the patron saint of Ireland and pay tribute to the many contributions Irish Americans have made to our city.”

Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), meanwhile, applauded the mayor’s decision.

“Unlike in Ireland, the organizers of the Fifth Avenue parade have discriminated against LGBT people year after year,” he said. “That is simply unacceptable.”

Dromm helped start the “St. Pat’s for All” parade, which is held in Sunnyside, and started 15 years ago in response to the ban on LGBT groups. The mayor is expected to attend that parade on March 2.

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