New York City Mayor walks in LGBT-friendly St. Patrick’s Day Parade

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) has marched in snow with hundreds of participants at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly St. Patrick's Day parade.

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) has marched in snow with hundreds of participants at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade.

He told the gathering Sunday a society for all is a society that embraces everyone.

The parade in Queens is called St. Pat’s for All. It’s an alternative to the city’s centuries-old St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan, which for years has excluded gay groups.

Last year de Blasio skipped the Manhattan parade because it wasn’t inclusive – although organizers said last year they’d welcome one gay contingent under its own banner this year.

De Blasio calls the crowd Sunday a hardy troupe. He says “that is what pride is all about – pride in the fact that in New York City, you can be whoever you are.”

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