Irish-Catholic Democratic Commissioner Candidate Sean Patrick Feeney denied spots in St. Patrick’s Day, Opening Day Parades
I have fond memories of marching in the Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the Hibernians as a child. My father was a proud member of NKY’s AOH, Fenian Division. So imagine my surprise when I found out that the parade has in recent years turned invite-only, run by a far-right Cincinnati wing of AOH.
Parades exist at the behest of government and have traditionally been supported by political entries. A smart parade organizer knows there are more candidates than elected officials in an election year and sets aside discrimination in favor of higher returns. Yet I’m beginning to see a pattern this election year in Cincinnati.
It’s one thing to immediately deny entrance to the St. Pat’s Parade, but the Findlay Market/Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade helped us through their application process, took our entrance donation, and some weeks later decided to call us back and kick us out of the parade. Now our preparation and investment in Reds-themed parade supplies has been put to waste.
Meanwhile, I’m sure my general election opponent will enjoy his spots in Cincinnati parades this year.