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Now, Parade Is For All Who Choose to Be Irish

Now, Parade Is For All Who Choose to Be Irish

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has stepped off 257 times, its many marchers including New Yorkers great and small, groups from all over the US and the world, and pipers and drummers beyond counting. This year’s edition featured all of the above, with an estimated 150,000 marchers, including the […]

No Gays Need Apply in Staten Island

No Gays Need Apply in Staten Island

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two years after organizers of the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan ended their resistance of a quarter century to participation by openly LGBTQ Irish contingents, leaders of a far smaller St. Patrick’s Day event in Staten Island continue in their refusal to even consider allowing that borough’s queer community […]

Irish President to Honor Brendan Fay, Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy

Irish President to Honor Brendan Fay, Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | An Irishman who came to America and an Irish-American woman whose family has been here for nearly a century are going back to the old country to be honored by its president for “sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and Irish communities abroad.” Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy are two of the […]

Identity, Politics, and “Authenticity” Post-St. Pat’s

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Two weeks ago, Irish queers marched behind their own banner in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade for the first time ever in New York. In the photos they look so happy. More importantly, the crowd did, too. Most of them didn’t even know it was a landmark year, assumed that battle was […]

At Least 250 Strong, Lavender and Green Takes Fifth Ave on St. Pat’s

At Least 250 Strong, Lavender and Green Takes Fifth Ave on St. Pat’s

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Twenty-five years after LGBT groups were banned from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes Fifth Avenue every year, the Lavender and Green Alliance marched behind its own banner in that parade. “It’s kind of hard to understand that it’s taken this many years,” said Paul O’Dwyer, an attorney who represented some […]

St. Pat’s For All Parade Steps Off Into a New Era

St. Pat’s For All Parade Steps Off Into a New Era

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Each year, the festivities surrounding the annual St. Pat’s For All parade in Queens seem to expand a bit more. The parade steps off the first Sunday in March, and after wending its way from Sunnyside to Woodside and Jackson Heights its participants fan out to Irish music festival events spread around […]

Victory in 25-Year Push to Open Up St. Pat’s Parade Announced

Victory in 25-Year Push to Open Up St. Pat’s Parade Announced

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes Fifth Avenue every year will admit an Irish LGBT group for the first time since the exclusion of LGBT people from that parade launched protests and a boycott by elected officials 25 years ago. “The New York City St. Patrick’s Day […]

Activists Renew Call for St. Pat’s Boycott    

Activists Renew Call for St. Pat’s Boycott    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the organizers of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade have allowed an LGBT employee group from the television station that broadcasts the event to march this year, Irish gay and lesbian groups continue to call for a boycott of the parade, saying the inclusion of OUT@NBCUniversal is little more than […]