The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland ,  and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland ,  Northern Ireland ,  the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador for provincial government employees , and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. However, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations for having become too commercialised and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish people. Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration , which was allegedly written by Patrick himself.
Ireland’s gay prime minister joins N.Y. St. Patrick’s parade, which once banned gays
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The hiring of Bryan Bishop, the founder and chief executive of OUTVETS, a group formed in to honor the service of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer veterans, is a major turning point for an organization that had for years kept veterans in the LGBTQ community from marching. This is just one more step forward. Bishop, who is gay, is currently the commissioner of veterans services for the city of Somerville, where he works with nearly 2, veterans and their families. The US Supreme Court unanimously affirmed in that the parade was a privately organized event protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Parade organizers had the right to exclude any group under that decision. That happened in and They reversed course only after local politicians said they would skip the event and major sponsors promised to back out.
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Gay veterans permitted to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade
The event is also a big day for local families. Many young families-often decked out in green—cheer on the marchers as they walk along the parade route. Music and speeches will begin at 12 p. The event has evolved over the past 20 years. In its early days, it was largely a LGBT event, organized by a number of Irish men and women who were not permitted to march in the St.
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Once again this year, the organizers of the Staten Island St. Bullock said, however, that she has been buoyed by the support the Pride Center has received from individuals and organizations in the borough. What a unifying moment it would be for our borough to reach an accord and have all of SI enjoying this happy day. Nearly 30 groups — including religious congregations and coalitions, labor unions, cultural institutions, and political clubs — signed on to a letter urging the parade organizers to allow the Pride Center to participate. Even in criticizing the ban on her group, however, Bullock struck a conciliatory tone.