More than 300 groups march at the NY St. Patrick's Day parade that draws thousands of spectators. Gay people are only allowed to march as long as they keep their sexuality to themselves. As a gay Irish friend put it bluntly, "If everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, that means faggots, too."
With Comcast now in charge after the controversial merger with NBC was finalized, 2012 could be the last year in which gays are excluded -- or the last year in which NBC is involved in the parade. There are a few reasons for this.