Catholic schools back out of Norfolk, VA parade to make a statement

by Andy Fox |  |  published on March 11, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A long standing tradition in Norfolk is the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean View. This Saturday, for the 48th year in a row, people will march through the streets celebrating the religious holiday. But this year, at least six catholic schools will not participate because of who is leading the parade.

Last year, Father Dan Beeman of Holy Trinity Catholic Church complained the parade’s grand marshal was too political and opposed to catholic stands on various issues. Parade organizers then agreed to get a new grand marshal, Norfolk’s police chief. But this year, organizers aren’t backing down after inviting another political leader opposed to catholic stands to lead the parade.

Governor Terry McAuliffe was named grand marshal of the Norfolk Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. He is a catholic, but takes a pro-choice stance on abortion and has performed two marriages for same-sex couples.

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