No easy ride for New York mayor on St Patrick's Day

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the horse carriage drivers may not go together like… well, like a horse and carriage, but they could spearhead – and shoulder to shoulder at that – the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Queens next month.

New York Horse and Carriage industry, at loggerheads with Mayor de Blasio but will march together in Queens on St Patrick's Day

New York Horse and Carriage industry, at loggerheads with Mayor de Blasio but will march together in Queens on St Patrick's Day. Image by Dan Souza / CC BY 2.0

Breaking new ground, the horse and carriage industry plans to be part and parcel of the day in Sunnyside for the first time – a parade which allows marchers with LGBT banners, the New York Daily News reports.

While the mayor hasn’t yet said if he will attend, he showed his true colours by marching last year … and wearing a Kelly green tie.

Another politician, who like de Blasio favours the banning of the horse-carriage industry, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), has already told organisers that she will be present on the day.

The horse and carriage industry is overwhelmingly run by Irish people – and given the nature of St Patrick’s day, the mayor faces a hot reception over his anti-carriage position.

Brendan Fay, a parade co-chairman, said they would welcome Mr de Blasio but warned that he would run the gauntlet with some cheering him for his policies but many more booing him for his stance.

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