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Well it looks like our St. Patrick's Day coverage included more disreprencies than just last week's nomenclature kerfuffle. As Rob Blackwell, president of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association informed us via email yesterday, the Key West, Queens, and San Francisco St. Paddy's promenades are not, as we reported in the March 8 “March to the rainbow” article, the only shamrock shuffles in this country that welcome the participation of the LGBT community. In fact, writes Blackwell: 

This year and every year, several member organizations from the Lesbian and Gay Band Association march in similar events across the United States.

For the past 27 years, the Mile High Freedom Band has been participating in the Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade. The band's participation is one of the highlights of their annual calendar and a long-standing tradition in Colorado.

In Kansas City, the Mid America Freedom Band participates in the annual Brookside St. Patrick's Day Parade. And while not included in their hometown parade, the Freedom Trail Band of Boston has marched on several past occasions in the Cambridge St. Patrick's Day Parade.

While we are proud of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and their participation in your local St. Patrick's Day Parade, your omission of these other important contributions lessens the important work our organization is doing to propagate music, visibility and pride in our national community.

So consider us corrected. In a good way – we're all for truthiness in the Guardian, but addendums that prove social justice is high-stepping along quicker than we thought really twirl our green bowties. 

 

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In Key West we celebrate 'Pink Pattys Day' complete with drag queens and a parade down Duval Street.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 16, 2011 @ 6:50 am

LGBT groups happily take part in the St Patrick's Day parades all around Ireland and are more than welcome. The President of Ireland has refused to take part in the US parades because of their calcified bigotry. The crusty old goats who run the fittingly-named "Ancient Order of Hibernians" don't have anything to do with Ireland.

Posted by benw on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

Arthur, you'll just have to start your own. If you only worked on the project during the same amount of time as you currently spend commenting on our website, it could be a really great product.

Posted by caitlin on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 11:47 am

"it could be a really great product."

With respect Caitlin, how do you figure? The platform would not change the quality. Regardless of the platform, it would be the same useless garbage he writes here (which I've stopped reading whether it's from Arthur or "Harry.") There would be nothing great about that product. No, you're looking at bankruptcy.

Posted by Jorge Orwell 1984 on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

My sarcasm got too subtle there.

Posted by caitlin on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

Thanks, Caitlin, for this comment of yours: "If you only worked on the project during the same amount of time as you currently spend commenting on our website, it could be a really great product."

My guess is that the poor quality of the media in SF is due to the same cause that's behind the poor quality of the politicians - all the medical marijuana and medical alcohol, right?

Posted by Arthur Evans on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

Sorrel, I think -- or is it watery strawberry? In any case it goes right to our brains.

Posted by marke on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

"and bad hair dye!"

- marke

Walgreen's has the best cheap hair dye, and I should know.

Try it, and watch the journalistic standards soar!

Posted by Arthur Evans on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

Thanks, Caitlin, for the update to your original article.

There's a broader issue here, though.

The Guardian likes to package itself as a superior alternative to The Chron. But both are mediocre newspapers. Genuine investigative reporting is rare at both. Sloppy writing and editing about the news are common to both. Likewise, shallow reviews.

Each reflects the ideology of special interests. The Chron caters to downtown business interests. The Guardian caters to the nonprofit political complex, unions, and the cannabis capitalists.

It has always amazed me that SF has such poor newspapers, on every front, despite the fact that the city has a very large number of literate, educated readers.

How can we explain this contradiction?

Posted by Arthur Evans on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 10:37 am

But he believes the Chronicle is a mediocre newspaper.

How can we explain this contradiction?

http://articles.sfgate.com/2009-12-17/bay-area/17224558_1_haight-ashbury...

Posted by Guest on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

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