Staten Island's St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bans LGBTQ Group From Marching... Again
Local leaders call for a boycott of Staten Island’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade after LGBTQ+ groups from marching in the parade with their banners again.
“This parade is not to be used for and will not allow political or sexual identification agendas to be promoted,” the application states.
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“This parade is not to be used for and will not allow political or sexual identification agendas to be promoted,” the application says in boldface type.
The parade is scheduled for Sunday, March 6 and has been New York City’s only parade to ban LGBTQ+ participation.
Carol Bullock, executive director of the Pride Center of Staten Island, Richmond County’s only LGBTQ community center, to The Post on Tuesday, “This was my fourth year attempting to apply… LGBTQ+ groups can march in Dublin. They can march in Manhattan. I just don’t understand — why Staten Island?”
Bullock’s applications have been denied for several years, claiming that the LGBTQ+ center did not follow the “teachings of the Catholic church.”
This is the first time the parade is being held in person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Organizers of the event banned Miss Staten Island last minute after she came out as Bisexual.
Richmond County District Attorney Michael McMahon, who co-hosts the traditional pre-parade breakfast, told The Post: “I believe this misguided decision is not done out of malice, but from a misunderstanding about what both this day and the Pride Center stand for… I daresay that the true Irish Spirit of St. Patrick, the many Hibernians involved, the Parade Committee and the Pride Center certainly all share the same purpose: to ensure that no child of God, whether they identify as Irish, LGBTQ, or any other way, is oppressed, excluded, or otherwise treated unfairly because of who they are.”