St. Patrick's Day festivities kick off with bagpipes and beer amid tension over gays in US

  • by: MEGHAN BARR , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 16, 2014 - 6:37 PM

NEW YORK — St. Patrick's Day festivities were in full swing Sunday with the usual merriment of bagpipes and beer, but political tensions lingered in the northeastern U.S., where city leaders will be conspicuously absent from parades over gay rights issues.

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