March 18, 2019 at 7:52 am EDT | by Staff reports
Looking back: 50 years of the Blade
St. Patrick's Day Parade, gay news, Washington Blade
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the St. Pat’s for All Parade. (Photo by John Nalley)

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. 

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