The City’s Most Famous Irish-American Parade Minus The City’s Most Powerful Irish-American Politician
March 9th, 2007

An editorial in the New York Times criticizes the Ancient Order of Hibernians for excluding gay people from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (which this year is a week from tomorrow), and points out with some relish how City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, “the city’s most powerful Irish-American politician…who is a lesbian”, plans to “show them up in style.” Quinn has accepted an invitation to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. “The speaker says she will wear an apple pin in homage to her home city, a pin with American and Irish flags, and a sticker with a pink triangle and a shamrock, a symbol of gay and ethnic pride.”

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One Response to “The City’s Most Famous Irish-American Parade Minus The City’s Most Powerful Irish-American Politician”

  1. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Dunleavy’s Shillelagh Says:
    March 15th, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    […] New York City is hardly a stranger to parade politics but the latest brouhaha over the St. Patrick’s Day parade seems weird – even for this city. After years of banning gays from marching in the parade – prompting Council Speaker Christine Quinn to decide to do her marching in Dublin this year (see previous post), the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which runs the annual event, decided to go after firefighters. New York’s bravest ordinarily march third in the parade, but this year they will move back in the line of march – some 40 minutes behind the parade leader. The Hibernians’ John Dunleavy “issued his order because last year a group of firefighters from New Orleans joined the parade and unfurled an unauthorized banner thanking their Big Apple colleagues for their help during the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005,” writes FirefightingNews.com. […]

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