Mayor Booed During St. Patrick's Day Parade - NBC New York

Mayor Booed During St. Patrick's Day Parade



    Melissa Russo reports. (Published Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011)

    Mayor Bloomberg was booed as he marched in Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Queens, with hecklers targeting his plan to layoff teachers and to cut pensions for city workers.

    The parade, which rolled through the Rockaways, was lined with thousands of revelers, some of whom yelled directly at the mayor, who was in hot water last month for an Irish joke some found offensive.

    Chants of "Save our Teachers" rang out as the mayor rolled by, the Daily Newsreported.

    Other attendees told the News they were still sore over Bloomberg's Irish gaffe last month.

    In a speech at the American Irish Historical Society on the Upper East Side, Bloomberg noted that he lived nearby and often passes by the building.

    "Normally when I walk by this building there are a bunch of people that are totally inebriated, hanging out the window, waving," he said.

    Some in the crowd, which was gathered for a St. Patrick's Day parade book launch, booed the mayor's remark. Others laughed.  "I know," Bloomberg went on, "that's a stereotype of the Irish. But nevertheless, we Jews from around the corner think this."

    "He should really know better than to say something like that about a whole group of people," parade goer Sean Gallagher told the News.

    The mayor later insisted he was referring to an annual Saint Patrick's Day party "where it's traditional to hang out the window and yell and scream."

    He also said he was sorry and didn't mean to offend anyone.