NY1 VIDEO: In the early 1990s, controversy was mounting around the annual St. Patrick's Day parade as the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization fought to be included. A compromise worked out in 1991 allowed members to march as a group, but in later years they were denied. On March 17, 1993, hundreds were arrested when they turned out before the parade to protest and NY1's Michael O'Looney filed this report.
NY1 FOLLOW-UP: After years of arrests, and being denied permission to march as part of a group under its own banner, activist Brendan Fay decided to start an all-inclusive parade in 2000. The St. Pat's for All Parade in Queens is now in its 13th year. Organizers of the Fifth Avenue parade did not respond to requests for their comments on the issue.