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Letter: Double standard for St. Pat's

Paradegoers enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Parade on

Paradegoers enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on March 17, 2014. For the first time ever, a gay group will march under its own banner at the parade in 2015. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Emmanuel Dunand

As a practicing Catholic, I was glad to see that St. Patrick's Day Parade organizers will allow a gay and lesbian group to participate and carry a banner in the 2015 parade ["An Irish welcome long in coming," Editorial, Sept. 4]. It's a start, but still not enough for some.

However, I feel as though our society is allowing double standards and bashing of certain ethnicities and religions, in this case Catholicism. The St. Patrick's Day Parade brings in money to New York City, yet all I hear about is the cost of the cleanup and police overtime. I never read about these costs after other parades.

Liquor was sold along the route at the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, yet open-container tickets are issued at an alarming rate on St. Patrick's Day.

I am glad for the decision to start letting more groups march, but I resent the double standard.

Tom O'Connor, North Bellmore