In this March 2, 2013 file photo, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio marches in the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Rockaway area of the Queens borough of New York. As mayor in 2014, de Blasio said he will skip the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan because participants are not allowed to carry signs or banners that identify themselves as gay. Since the 1990s, the Manhattan parade’s ban on gay signs and banners has spurred protests and litigation and led to the creation of this alternative, gay-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade in Queens.

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