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Heineken withdraws from New York’s St Patrick’s Day parade

Ford to continue its sponsorship

Heineken has pulled out of the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City over its organizers’ refusal to allow gay people to participate openly. Credit: wikimedia.org

Following earlier news that the Boston Beer Company, which makes Samuel Adams beer, had pulled out of that city’s St Patrick’s Day parade, Heineken has announced that it will not participate in New York City’s parade on March 17, Pink News reports.

Organizers of both cities’ parades have been under fire for prohibiting gay people from marching. Both New York’s recently elected mayor, Bill de Blasio, and Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh are boycotting the events in their respective cities because of the ban.

Heineken says it supports “equality for all” and won’t sponsor Monday’s parade.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor Company says it will continue its sponsorship of the New York parade, noting that no event or group “reflects” the company’s views on every issue.