Mayor Bill de Blasio, of New York City, will skip next Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, because the organizers will not allow Gays and Lesbians to march openly. Marty Walsh, the Mayor of Boston, will also skip the annual parade in Boston for the same reason; however, he is trying to mediate a settlement, which all parties can be comfortable with.
In New York, it appears that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, is considered to be The Parade Authority. You might recall that, when Pope Francis I, during a return flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, was asked about the homosexual lifestyle, he responded: “Who am I to judge?” The Vatican did quickly reaffirmed that it was not changing its stance with regard to Same Sex Marriages. But, if Francis is willing to, at least, “live and let live”, why can’t Cardinal Dolan? Does he envision himself in the role of St. Peter, as the Gatekeeper to the Pearly Gates?
Perhaps Cardinal Dolan believer that the St. “Paddy’s” Day Parade is a Catholic Event. Every year, the Grand Marshall seems to check with the Archbishop for approval as to who may march. There seem to be differences of opinion as to who organized the first parade in New York–British Protestant Soldiers, the Free-Scot Society (believe it or not) or Irish Catholics from what is now the Republic of Ireland (established in 1922). So who, if anyone, really “owns” the Parade?
Maureen Dowd, a Columnist for the NY Times, who is Catholic and Irish, wrote the linked piece, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/26/opinion/dowd-parade-marches-backward.html?_r=0. Ms. Dowd believes that the LGBT Community ought to stop fighting it so hard; because,they surely have better–More Fun–things to do.
Back to my question, however, does anyone or any Group really need to own–think Control–the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Virtually every New York Mayor–whether they were Catholic, Protestant or Jew–has walked in the Parade. Route. Marchers have also come from all walks of life, even homosexuals (although not openly). So, what’s with the holiday bigotry? Isn’t it better to raise everyone up, rather than to put some other group down?
Can’t we all be Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, Italian on Columbus Day, Polish on Pulaski Day, etc? Yes, last celebrated in New York, on October 6, 2013, it celebrates the contribution of Casimir Pulaski, a Polish Military Officer, who fought (and died) with the Revolutionary Army, against the British. Isn’t that what we truly need: a time for people to come together, rejoice in our common values and friendship…and Party?