NYC mayor skips St. Pat's parade amid tension over gays; Ireland official promotes 'Irishness'

  • Article by: MEGHAN BARR , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 17, 2014 - 4:40 PM

NEW YORK — A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated Monday in New York, where the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage stepped off without the city's new mayor and Guinness beer amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs.

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