HISTORY AT NYC ST. PATRICK'S PARADE. #LGBT group fighting for 25yrs, marches behind its own banner. @wcbs880 pic.twitter.com/ATzRTJhIOh— Peter Haskell (@peterhaskell880) March 17, 2016
For the first time in the 255 year history of the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, LGBTs were allowed to walk in the parade behind their own banner.
NBC New York reports:
For years, organizers said gay people could participate but couldn’t carry signs or buttons celebrating their sexual identities. Organizers said they didn’t want to divert focus from honoring Irish heritage.
Mayor de Blasio marched with the Lavender and Green Alliance, marking the first time he had participated in the festivities as mayor. He boycotted the parade his first two years in office because the march excluded gay and lesbian advocacy groups.
“Today everyone is celebrating together,” de Blasio said. “The city is at peace and unified.”
Gov. Cuomo and the entire New York City Council also joined in the parade and were watched by more than 2 million spectators who lined Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown to the 79th Street Transverse in Central Park.
Included in the festivities were DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor and Irish activist Brendan Fay.
#LGBT marchers singing w/ their own banner at #NYCStPatsParade. Lavender & Green Alliance fought 25yrs. @wcbs880 pic.twitter.com/UgJEYBdzFa— Peter Haskell (@peterhaskell880) March 17, 2016