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"Hang out by St. Patrick's Cathedral," my friend Ken said. He has lived in the Village for years so I figured he'd know. "The gays hate the Cardinal and vice versa so there is always a confrontation."
It turned out that the New York's Finest had the same idea, for there were at least a hundred police officers ringing the cathedral (with more standing by on horseback), keeping anyone from getting near it or the sidewalk opposite.
The police did such a good job that I never really did figure out what
was supposed to have happened.
Mostly I just observed the expected Dykes on Bikes, a bunch of fairly
generic parade floats and marching bands, and a large crowd in genial
Protesters constituted about 0.01% of the crowd, but got a fair amount of police and press attention. All of them looked as though they'd taken a bus ride in from New Jersey.
Whatever may be happening outside, St. Patrick's is unchanged inside...
The March is organized by Heritage of Pride.