It was a proud day in 2016 when the board of directors of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York finally — after years of protest for inclusion — invited the LGBT group The Lavender & Green Alliance to the event for the first time. A counter parade, St. Pat’s For All, had been held since 2000.
So what took so long? The event has long and deep roots in the Catholic Church that made inclusion a thorny issue for organizing body The Ancient Order of Hibernians.
But justice finally prevailed. The Blade covered it in its March 11, 2016 edition.