NEW YORK – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Feb. 25 announced the New York City Council as an institution will not participate in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade because organizers ban LGBT people from marching.
“The St. Patrick’s Day Parade should be a time when all New Yorkers can come together and march openly as who they are — but right now that is not the case for the LGBT community,” said Mark-Viverito.
Mark-Viverito’s announcement comes less than a month after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not march in the annual parade for the same reason.
De Blasio’s predecessors — Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani — both marched in the parade. Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn boycotted the annual event that takes place on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
Mark-Viverito said individual Council members can march in the parade if they choose.