De Blasio marches in gay-friendly St. Pat’s For All Parade in Queens

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Mayor Bill de Blasio marches in Sunday’s parade in Queens.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the gay-friendly St. Pat’s For All Parade in Queens, saying the parade celebrates inclusion.

De Blasio spoke Sunday after arriving at the parade. He says the parade started a positive change and called it important “to set the right tone, to set the right path” for everyone.

De Blasio has said he will skip the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s parade in Manhattan later this month because parade organizers prohibit participants from carrying signs or banners identifying themselves as gay.

De Blasio also marched in the Queens parade when he was a public advocate. His predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, staunchly supported gay rights but still marched in the traditional parade for 12 years.