Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday he would not march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan next month because event organizers won't allow participants to openly identify as gay. He would, however, allow city workers to march in uniform if they choose. Mayor David Dinkins also boycotted the event over gay rights issues. Comptroller Scott Stringer will sit the parade out as well. De Blasio said he'd attend other events on the holiday, and in the past has attended a parade in Queens that promotes inclusion of the gay community.
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