Tuesday March 31, 2020

Inside Story: Irish America at a crossroads

Two very different St Patrick's Day parades in New York this week sum up the growing divide between traditional Irish America and a newer, more inclusive generation, writes Niall Stanage.

16th March, 2014

Irish America is in flux. For proof you only have to look at two St Patrick's Day parades in one city: New York. Tomorrow, the world's biggest St Patrick's Day Parade will take place along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. It will be traditionalist to the core, with pipe bands, strong contingents of uniformed police officers and firemen and - at the organisers' decades-long insistence - no gay participants marching as a group.

Earlier this month, an...

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