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Letter: Boycotting ex-sponsors of St. Patrick's Day Parade

Irish brewer Guinness will not participate in New

Irish brewer Guinness will not participate in New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade because of the exclusion of LGBT groups. Credit: Getty Images / Alan Crowhurst

I have been a Guinness customer for more than 30 years but will no longer support a European company that seeks to dictate to a private organization in the United States how it should conduct its events ["Catholic leader plans to be in pride parade," News, March 21].

Guinness and Heineken withdrew from sponsorship of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade because of the policy against displays of gay pride. Guinness' feeble attempt at self-righteousness fails even more so because it waited until after it sold and delivered its products in New York for St. Patrick's Day events. The company made sure that it got its money first.

I hope that all pubs and restaurants in New York will discontinue selling Guinness products. There are plenty of good stouts on the market. Neither Guinness, Sam Adams, Heineken, nor Mayor Bill de Blasio will be missed.

Brian Reilly, Lindenhurst