By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade will allow a second openly gay group to participate in next year's march on Fifth Avenue, officials said on Tuesday, after ending the long-standing ban on LGBT groups last spring. Organizers voted on Monday to permit the Lavender and Green Alliance, a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, to join the annual display of Irish-American pride. The parade through Midtown Manhattan is staged every year on March 17. "With the decision, we cross a historic threshold and our members will proudly march up Fifth Avenue with our banner,” Brendan Fay, founder and chair of the Lavender and Green Alliance, said in a statement with the parade organizers. The group's application had been rejected every year since 1994. Organizers of the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the world's largest with up to 250,000 marchers, had faced mounting criticism for excluding openly gay groups. It broke with that policy by allowing a single group, Out@NBCUniversal, to participate in the March 2015 parade. Although the parade ended its ban, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the time he would still boycott the event until gay groups were allowed wider participation. In March, Diageo's Guinness dropped its sponsorship of the parade for the same reason. De Blasio's office said on Tuesday the mayor was aware of the board's decision to include a second LGBT group, but did not indicate whether he planned to end his boycott. “Mayor de Blasio has always called for as much inclusiveness as possible in these parades, and he will review these proposed changes," de Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton said in an email. Organizers had justified the ban by saying the inclusion of groups with a political message would detract from the parade's primary purpose of celebrating the life of St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. Lavender and Green will follow in the footsteps of Out@NBCUniversal, composed of gay, lesbian and transgender people who work for NBCUniversal. Its members are scheduled to participate again in the 2016 event. (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Peter Cooney)
- Business Insider
Kim Jong Un abruptly reappears after 36 days out of the spotlight and orders North Korea to 'prepare for war'
Kim Jong Un returned from one of his longest-ever breaks from public view to attend a military meeting on Monday.
- The New Voice of Ukraine
Who did he think he was? Conan the Barbarian?
A Clip Of Adele's Reaction To Harry Styles Winning Album Of The Year Is Going Viral, And It's Only 4 Seconds But It's Pretty Dang Messy
"Adele was so real for this."
- Business Insider
ABC anchor calls out Sen. Marco Rubio during tense exchange over Chinese spy balloon: 'This happened 3 times under the previous president'
Rubio wondered aloud why Biden "waited so long" to tell people about the Chinese spy balloon, but was called out by ABC's Jonathan Karl.
The EA Madden game which has predicted the correct Super Bowl winner with almost 70% accuracy just placed its bets on this year’s game
In 2015, it even predicted the exact score.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were caught having a tense conversation during the 2023 Grammys and everyone's speculating on what was said.
Handler fires back at the conspiracy theorist lawmaker's odd new complaint.
- The Telegraph
Ukraine claims the last 24 hours were the deadliest of the war for Russian troops, as Moscow hurls tens of thousands of freshly mobilised soldiers and mercenaries into relentless winter assaults in the east.
- The Hill
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Monday called for a probe into why former President Trump was apparently not informed of previous Chinese surveillance balloons that Biden officials are saying crossed over the U.S. at least three times during the previous administration. “If it’s true the Pentagon purposely did NOT tell President Trump of Chinese…
Another Royal Family Member Reportedly Has Their Eyes Set on Moving Next to Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
We all remember the fallout that came with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle waving goodbye to the UK to create their home in California. Even today, there’s still quite a bit of drama from the worldwide move, and you’d think the royal family may never even dream about moving away — but that may not […]
- USA Network
Epic fireworks, check. A rocking musical interlude performed by the incomparable Wiz Khalifa, check. Stock car racing in an iconic Hollywood institution, check and check. If you tuned into the second annual 2023 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum last night, by all accounts, you were treated to a visual feast, but as is the case with NASCAR events from time to time, taking a closer look under the hood tells a much different story. Just ask two-time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch who, in no-holds-
- BuzzFeed News
Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Were Seemingly Caught Fighting During The Grammys And It’s Seriously Awkward
“The Grammy producers are so messy for this but I love it 😭💀”View Entire Post ›
- USA TODAY Sports
A discussion seemingly about Kyrie Irving's trade to Dallas sunk into an exchange of personal attacks between Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams.
Here's How Different 38 People Looked At Their First Grammys Vs. Their Last Grammys — Like, There Are Some Serious Transformations
Shania Twain is aging in reverse, but those wigs are really *something.*
Gwen Stefani and ex Gavin Rossdale share three sons: Apollo, 8, Zuma, 14, and Kingston, 16
The current Premier League champions, Manchester City, have been charged with breaking financial...
- NBC Sports BayArea
Klay Thompson thought about chasing the single-game 3-point record, but decided he didn't want to tempt fate with the Basketball Gods.
- The AV Club
Uh-oh, is there trouble in paradise? According to a report on Deadline, Kevin Costner really does not want to be part of the Yellowstone universe anymore, to the point where he supposedly only wanted to spend a single week filming the second half of the show’s fifth season—despite previously agreeing to 65 days, and then talking that down to 50 days. So that’s… much less. Deadline says that Paramount and series creator Taylor Sheridan are now planning to end the original Yellowstone series in so
- E! News
Mila Kunis Totally Called Out Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon Over Those "Awkward" Red Carpet Pics
After Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon were photographed looking rather uncomfortable together on the red carpet, Mila Kunis gave them her most honest opinion.
- Yahoo Sports
Bryan Gaw — a.k.a. Left Shark — explains what happened that night in Arizona, when the character he played became an instant Super Bowl halftime show legend.