New York City

Gay Group to March For First Time Ever in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

End of an era, part one million

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Organizers of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade say they're ending a ban and allowing a gay group to march under its own banner for the first time.

The prohibition on identified gay groups in the centuries-old New York parade had made participation a political issue. Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to march this year and Guinness beer as well as other beer companies dropped their sponsorships.

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