The Clarence Hotel, Dublin
Comedians Deirdre O’Kane and Jason Byrne are officially named as St. Patrick’s Festival Parade Grand Marshals expected to wave their way – perhaps amusingly-hatted – across the capital on Sunday, March 17.
St Patrick’s Festival 2019
[The London St Patrick’s Day line-up]
Room for everyone.
“Close up of the London 2014 Patrick’s parade line-up. Note the walkers between the London Irish women and the Neighbourhood watch caterpillar.It’s only the London-Irish gay and transgender peeps. Great lads! Stuff your silly parade and bigotry New York!”
Earlier: Dear Enda
[Cardinal Timothy Dolan]
They see him Dolan.
The largest parade in the Western world, as Niall O’Dowd, the founder of IrishCentral and The Irish Voice, calls it, is no longer run by the A.O.H [Ancient Order of Hibernians]., but by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, seven volunteers in the Bronx…
…the power behind the parade is Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Cardinal Dolan is essentially the arbiter,” O’Dowd says. “Every grand marshal is checked with him. The parade chairman always seeks the approval of the cardinal for who marches in the parade.” O’Dowd concedes that the organisers are “equal opportunity offenders. They also used to refuse to allow kids in wheelchairs into the parade.
“The big issue they face today is: Are they Irish or are they Catholic? If it was just an Irish parade, these people would have the power to let gays march. But the real power is with the Catholic Church.”
…..a special guest at the St. Patrick’s Day “parade for all” in Queens — which, unlike Manhattan, allows gay marchers to carry banners and signs — will be renowned Dublin drag queen Panti Bliss, whose real name is Rory O’Neill. He told me that in the “glittery, nutty” Dublin parade, “there’s no problem being absolutely as gay as anyone wants..a heterosexual parade seems to me an organised walk in the traffic lane.”
Previously: Secret Behind Who Really Runs The NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade (Niall O’Dowd, Irish Central)
Parade Marches Backward (Maureen Dowd, New York Times)
[The New York St Patrick’s Day Parade Guidelines, 2012]
[Newly-elected new York Mayor Bill de Blasio]
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has confirmed he will boycott the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade due to the effective exclusion of the LGBT community from the event.
He is the first mayor in over 20 years to do so.
“I simply disagree with the organisers of that parade in their exclusion of some individuals in this city,” he said. He stopped short of barring city employees [police and fire officers] from marching in uniform, disappointing many LGBT advocacy groups.
De Blasio to Skip St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Cites Exclusion of Gay Groups (New York Times)
New York Mayor to boycott St Patrick’s Day parade over LGBT exclusion (RTE)
Previously: The New York St Patrick’s Day Parade Guidelines
Meanwhile On Fifth Avenue
Taking the rock out of the shamrock.
And an ‘L’ out of Marshall.
Nicky Byrne with Emily Shelton and Joseph Jennings and a vintage Citroen on O’Connell Street, Dublin, this morning.
Mr Byrne has been appointed Grand Marshall of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin on March 17.
UPDATE: Marshal is spelt correctly on Nicky’s shirt. Apologies.
(Sam Boal/Photocall ireland)