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New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade will include openly gay group
New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade will include openly gay group

The nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade, which in recent years was mired in controversy over its ban on openly gay marchers, bowed to corporate and public pressure Wednesday by including a diversity group from NBCUniversal in next year's event. It was a major reversal for the 252-year-old parade, an event involving more than 300 marching teams and hundreds of thousands of people who come from around the world to watch the promenade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. In a statement, parade spokesman Bill O'Reilly said the decision to have OUT@NBCUniversal march under its LGBT banner was aimed at ending the political debate that has raged over the exclusion of openly...

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