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


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.