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Gay Rights Group Banned From Staten Island St. Patrick's Day Parade (VIDEO)

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Everyone loves a parade, but some don't get to march in them.

Organizers of the Staten Island St. Patrick's Day Parade allegedly refused to let members of the group Staten Island Pride march in the event.

At first, the group was told its members could march, as long as they didn't wear rainbow flags or other symbols of the gay rights movement.

When Staten Island Pride complained to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the group was flatly told it could not participate in the parade.

Quinn, Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer announced they would not march in the parade, in solidarity with Staten Island Pride.

One participant was hassled for wearing a "stamp-sized" pin in support of the gay rights group.

Video footage shows St. Jermaine Endeley, a member of the Young Democrats of Richmond County, walking with the pin on his jacket, when a parade organizer, Dennis McKeon, repeatedly tries to block his path.

"I told him this is America and that I have the right to wear whatever I want," Endeley said. "First, he grabbed my shirt and tried to rough me up. I tried to slap his hands away. Then he tried to rip my ribbon off, and I wouldn't let him do that."

From the New York Post:

McKeon insists the Young Democrats were trying to sneak gay people into the march and denies pushing Endeley.

"If they weren't gay, what were they doing marching with ribbons?" he said. "[The Young Democrats] chose to bring gays into the march with them. That went against the regulations of the parade."

Mayor Bloomberg also got a cold reception at a St. Patrick's Day parade this weekend. the Mayor was booed at the Rockaways St. Patrick's Day Parade, because of his plan to lay off 4,000 teachers and his previous comments about the "inebriated Irish." Bloomberg was also criticized for attending the Staten Island Parade, in light of its ban on gay rights garb.

WATCH footage of the confrontation between McKeon and Endeley: