Even Guiness has withdrawn its support for the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over the banning of LGBT groups:
The move came as Boston’s Irish-American mayor skipped his city’s St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday after failing to hammer out a deal with organisers to allow a group of gay and lesbian activists to march openly.
“Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade,” the brewer said in a written statement issued by a spokesman for its UK parent company, Diageo.
“As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy,” Guinness said.
Last week New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not march in the parade on Monday because gay and lesbian activists had been again precluded from taking part.
The loss of Guinness, the famous Irish beer, appeared to ratchet up the pressure on organisers even further.
On Friday, two other major beer companies, Sam Adams brewer Boston Beer Company and Heineken dropped their sponsorship of parades in Boston and New York, respectively, over the issue.
Representatives for the New York board of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, which has run the parade for more than 150 years, could not be reached for comment on Sunday afternoon.