NEWS — 24 February 2014

By staff reporter

Organisers of the New York St Patrick’s Day parade have said they feel ‘hurt and disappointed’ by the decisions of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Minister Joan Burton to boycott this year’s parade.

Both politicians have said they will not be marching as members of the gay community are not allowed to march with banners identifying themselves as such.

But the organisers of the world’s biggest parade have said they won’t rethink their rules. None of the more than 360 groups taking part in the parade will be allowed to carry posters or banners that advocate gay rights

It is the first time in 20 years that the city’s mayor will not be in the parade.  Mr de Blasio said he is not marching because the parade excludes some of New York’s citizens and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton also said she would not be there for the same reason.

The parade’s organisers maintain that the parade is inclusive as members of the LGBT community are allowed to march as part of other organisations.

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