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    Default St. Patty's day parade.

    I heard that there was some controversy concerning the parade. Does anybody know what it was, or what happened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFD1067
    I heard that there was some controversy concerning the parade. Does anybody know what it was, or what happened?
    What parade?
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    The best controversy I heard was Hillary getting booed by the lesbians. It's like Yankee fans booing Don Mattingly.

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    Erin go Bragh rah rah
    on Ireland's green day

    Revelers march; gays, pols gripe

    BY FRANK LOMBARDI and MICHAEL SAUL
    DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU



    Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Guiliani marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade along 5th Ave. in Manhattan.

    In a shimmering swirl of shamrocks and bagpipes, the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade proudly forged its way up Fifth Ave. yesterday to the delight of spectators and marchers alike.

    While politics played its usual role, it was the Irish spirit that dominated the day.

    "Who's Irish over here? Let me hear you!" yelled New Rochelle deli manager Dennis Dunn to others in the Long Green Line on Fifth Ave. "This is the biggest and best parade, to show your New York Irish pride."

    Dunn got out of the sack at 4:15 a.m. to get to the event on time in green sweater covered with buttons and his face painted.

    Nearby, former city cop Tommy Fitzgerald, 69, waved toward Dunn and said, "To be Irish is to be happy, jovial and in good spirits."

    "I've been marching for 40 years," he grinned. " 'Tis a great stretch of the legs."

    The parade's biggest fans likely were members of the Monahan clan camped at 59th St. and Fifth Ave.

    "I've been coming to this exact spot since I was 7," said Geralyn Monahan-Jones, 50, a preschool director from Beacon, N.Y. "But my family has been at this corner for 99 years. It's a tradition for us."

    But the parade was dogged once again by controversy over not giving gays a green light to march under their own banner.

    Elected officials and gay-rights advocates unleashed a torrent of criticism on parade chairman John Dunleavy, who recently defended the parade's refusal by saying it would be akin to letting neo-Nazis join an Israeli parade or the Ku Klux Klan into an African-American event.

    "That doesn't have any place in our dialogue today, and what we ought to be doing is celebrating the Irish-American community," Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said before joining the march.

    Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, "We should have tolerance for everyone" and not focus on the "comments that one person makes."

    Scores of gay activists near 57th St. screamed "Shame! Shame! Shame!" as the parade passed by.

    City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly lesbian and of Irish descent, attended a variety of St. Patrick's Day events yesterday but skipped the parade. "I can't march in a place where I'm not welcome," said Quinn (D-Manhattan).

    As the gay-rights controversy simmered, traditional politics found its usual place in the parade. Giuliani and his wife, Judith, marched alongside Mayor Bloomberg, as spectators urged him to run for President in 2008.

    "Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!" the crowd chanted to the ex-mayor's delight.

    Bloomberg, who said he's planning a trip to Ireland, said the most emotional part of the parade was watching Eugene Stolowski, one of the six Bravest forced to jump from a hellish Bronx inferno in January 2005, make his way up Fifth Ave.

    "This is a guy who was not going to live, that was going to be a quadriplegic, and, now, he's marching," Bloomberg said. "They're pushing along the wheelchair. He refuses to get in it."

    Asked how he felt to be marching, with his empty wheelchair nearby, Stolowski enthusiastically replied, "Very good! It's a wonderful day."


    To say that watching Eugene walk up Fifth Avenue from the sidelines at the parade was inspirational would be an understatement. I wish him luck in his recovery.
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    I think my favorite part was the Irish Gay and Lesbian group's chant:

    "We're Irish. We're queer. We'll be here every year!"

    And no, Im not making that up. I thought it was very creative.


    It was awesome watching Gene march on tv (I worked for one of the Irish lads yesterday). I have had the priviledge to meet him a couple times, and his passion for the job, and for the brothers in his house is just unbelievable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyckftbl
    I think my favorite part was the Irish Gay and Lesbian group's chant:

    "We're Irish. We're queer. We'll be here every year!"

    And no, Im not making that up. I thought it was very creative.


    It was awesome watching Gene march on tv (I worked for one of the Irish lads yesterday). I have had the priviledge to meet him a couple times, and his passion for the job, and for the brothers in his house is just unbelievable.
    I saw him, too. It's too bad the TV commentators didn't have the info on him. It would have been an interesting story.

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    [QUOTE=nyckftbl]I think my favorite part was the Irish Gay and Lesbian group's chant:

    "We're Irish. We're queer. We'll be here every year!"

    And no, Im not making that up. I thought it was very creative.


    A few years ago they were yelling:

    For the NYPD Mounted Police: 2,4,6,8 How do you know your horse is straight?

    For the NYPD: 2,4,6,8 How do you know your sergeant is straight?

    For the FDNY: 2,4,6,8 How do you know your captain is straight?
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    Haha...the last time I marched in NY last year they were there to...chanting like crazy....everyone to there own...

    So how did everyones Paddies day festivities go anyway....over here in Ireland it went with a bang...a whole 5 days of festivities in total....it was cold but the rain and snow eased off just in time for the Dublin Fire Brigade pipe and drum to start off the parade...with the entire honour guard...(Me Included) as well as a number of our guys with men also from Clovis Fire Department in California, and 3 of our closest friends in the FDNY, as well as 2 guys from Canada and another 2 from Chicago....and as they said when they got back on the plane heading home....."As soon as our livers recover, we'll be back over next year"

    I'l try and get some pictures up of all our guys in action....hope everyone elses parades went to plan...let us know !
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYSmokey

    A few years ago they were yelling:

    For the NYPD Mounted Police: 2,4,6,8 How do you know your horse is straight?

    For the NYPD: 2,4,6,8 How do you know your sergeant is straight?

    For the FDNY: 2,4,6,8 How do you know your captain is straight?
    ...How do they know?
    Because they're MARCHING in the parade instead of standing on the corner, chanting with the fruities!




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    Saw this on another forum........
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYSmokey
    Saw this on another forum........
    "not that there's anything wrong with that...."
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    Yes....I AGREE.....not that there's anything wrong with that....LOL
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    I wonder what forum that was on? I know Ive seen it before....
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyckftbl
    I wonder what forum that was on? I know Ive seen it before....
    There are a lot of creative minds out there. I can't take credit for the Richard Simmons thing but I know funny when I see it
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