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New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which refuses to allow gay groups to participate, received some harsh words Tuesday from Dublin's gay pride organization.
"The exclusion of any groups from celebrating our national holiday abroad is deeply discriminatory and rooted in closed-mindedness; this is deeply un-Irish and something that we cannot allow to happen in the name of an event that is about celebrating Ireland's rich cultural heritage, of which the LGBT community are a cornerstone here in Ireland," Frank Cleary, chairman of Dublin Pride, said in a press release. "Dublin Pride is calling on the organizers of the St. Patrick's Day festival in New York to cease their discrimination and to facilitate a full expression of the cultural diversity that exists in Ireland."
The 27-year-old Dublin Pride attracts over 100,000 people to the Irish capital every June.
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