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St. Patrick's Day steps off in controversy over gays in New York, Boston

Guinness, the stout that makes the Irish, well, stout, withdrew its support of the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade, making the score two mayors and three beer-makers who refuse to participate in the annual rite because gays were barred from marching publicly. Around the world, the Irish and those who want to honor them marked St. Patrick’s Day on Monday with parades and the illumination of landmarks with a green glow, the mark of Ireland and its culture. In New York, what is billed as the 253rd St. Patrick’s Day parade kicked off on Fifth Avenue. But it took place without the presence of Mayor Bill de Blasio after the recently elected mayor chose not to march because of...

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