Message from Mayor Bill De Blasio:
“This week, for the first time ever, the entire Irish community will unite to take a first step, together, down Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day.
This coming together is happening on an important anniversary. A hundred years ago, Ireland’s Easter Rising was a clarion call around the world. People were inspired by the Irish to fight for their rights. There’s no nationality that knows about fighting for justice like the Irish do.
We remember too that when Irishmen and Irishwomen came to these shores, they were not welcome. They had to fight to become established in New York and in the United States, and they had to fight for fairness and equality.
New York is the ultimate city of immigrants. It is our nature to embrace and support all peoples.
This city is also the birthplace of LGBT rights.
Since 1999, the 2016 St. Pat’s for All Parade has proudly, unabashedly strutted down Skillman Ave. in Queens every year to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of the Irish LGBT community to New York City and the world.
Let’s take a moment to celebrate them. These are some of those who spent a quarter of a century advocating to bring us together.”
Below is a link to the photos of the NY LGBT community:
Our photo above shows Brendan Fay, founder of the Lavender and Green Alliance – Muintir Aerach na hÉireann.
“I look forward to crossing the historic threshold on Fifth Avenue with my brothers and sisters. It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for, and we’ll be on the avenue remembering and carrying in our hearts those who have gone before us and helped pave the way. The road to inclusion and equality rises to welcome and embrace us all.”
Photo to the right is Mark Sahre, systems analyst; member of Dignity New York
“The LBGT community has been excluded for so long. I know that they will be marching proudly and with dignity.”