Feb 27, 2003, AP— Another year, another St. Patrick’s Day Parade controversy. On Thursday, a group of gay and lesbian Irish-American politicians derided Mayor Michael Bloomberg for planning to march in the annual parade even though organizers bar lesbians and gays from marching under their own banner as other groups do. “Marching in a parade that discriminates is sending a message that their behavior is acceptable,” said Councilwoman Christine Quinn. “We’re not asking for any more than any other part of the Irish New York community gets.” Bloomberg spokesman Ed Skyler responded: “Every parade gets to decide who it wants to invite.” The Ancient Order of Hibernians, which organizes the event, spurred controversy by allowing gays and lesbians to march, but refusing to let the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization carry a banner, as do other groups that walk the route. Each year, dozens are arrested along the parade route near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in what has evolved into a highly orchestrated symbolic protest.