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Citing discrimination, beer companies pull out of St. Patrick’s Day parade

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Despite a tense few days leading to the St. Patrick's Day parade when Guinness joined forces with fellow beer giants Heineken and Samuel Adams by withdrawing its sponsorship in the famous St. Patrick's Day Parade, the festivities went off without a hitch. 

Over the weekend, Heineken released a statement saying they believe in equality for all people and for that reason, they are no longer a sponsor of the parade.

New York’s parade organizers did not comment on the withdrawals.

Mayor Bill de Blasio held the traditional St. Patrick's Day breakfast at Gracie Mansion with the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, but he boycotted the parade because organizers said marchers were not allowed to carry gay-friendly signs or identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Police Commissioner William Bratton marched with a contingent of uniformed officers. Gay activists protesting the exclusion of official LGBT groups held a news conference before the march to say they didn't think the NYPD officers should participate in uniform.

In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh boycotted Sunday’s Saint Patrick’s Day festivities because the parade organizers wanted to censor one of the largest gay activist groups in Massachusetts.

They said the group could march, but its participants were not allowed to carry banners or signs saying they are gay.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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