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Against Marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

I find it funny that all the corny gays would be thrilled that [email protected] Universal—a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affinity group– will march under their own silly banner in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


If I were gay I wouldn’t want to march in some mindless parade.  In fact when I was ten years old I felt I was too mature to march in a parade.  All except for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


That was all inclusive and didn’t specialize in the Irish, the Jews, the Greeks, the Puerto Ricans or any other fringe groups.


Anyhow I only stayed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade for twenty minutes with my parents. I don’t like celebrations.  They are artificial and mindless.


The gays celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Parade only makes them seem more gay.  It’s time everyone grew up and stopped marching as if they were children wearing short pants.


Why would I march down an avenue to a drum beat when I could be home reading a book or writing a poem?  I could be in the gym boxing, challenging life instead of giving in to outdated customs.


The marching victory of the gays is actually an intellectual defeat. In the old days when they hung out in bars in the West Village they were more interesting.  They were more on the edge when they didn’t marry each other and try to act like suburban couples.


Now that the gays will be marching with the mindless and the boring, they have become mindless and boring.


They should celebrate their differences instead of trying to be part of the melting pot of frightened values.


Practicality aside, they should be the wind in the mountains not the cactus in a static sunny desert.  They will get burned by their desire to be middle class like the feminists got burned by their desire to be like men when men lead practical but less emotive and satisfying lives.

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About the author

David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature. He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on He was a professional boxer and a CEO. Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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