Mayor Bill De Blasio opts out of Saint Patrick’s Day parade over gay tensions

Controversy over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs

Controversy over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs is surrounding this year’s event.

Mayor Bill De Blasio is the first mayor in decades to sit out the city's traditional St. Patrick's Day parade over a dispute involving whether participants can carry pro-gay signs. 

Boston's Mayor Martin Walsh also opted out of his city's parade Sunday after talks broke down that would have allowed a gay group to march. Parade organizers argued that they didn't want to the event to turn...

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