- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won’t be marching in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade this year in protest for gay rights.

The Democrat said he won’t march along Fifth Avenue because of organizers’ refusal to allow gay-pride signs in the parade, the Associated Press reported.

Organizers said gay-rights activists are allowed to march but cannot carry signs because it could take away from the parade’s focus on honoring Irish tradition.

Organizers predict more than 1 million people will attend on March 17.