The Mayor of New York will end his boycott on the city’s St Patrick’s Day Parade after a ban on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) participation was lifted.
Bill de Blasio, who has held office since 2014, has refused to accept his invitation to the parade, the largest in the US, for the past two years.
This was down to the fact that, historically, LGBT groups were forbidden from marching under their own banner as part of the celebrations.
Mr de Blasio opted to take a stand against such a ruling but, since the lifting of the ban, has confirmed he will attend this year.
The Lavender and Green Alliance, a group which has been fighting against the ban for 25 years, will be the first to march with some 300 supporters behind them.
“The St Patrick’s Day Parade is a New York City tradition, but for years LGBT New Yorkers could not show their pride,”
Mr de Blasio said. “Finally, they can celebrate their heritage by marching in a parade that now represents progress and equality.”