Councilman: If you get city money, you must follow city policies

Mar 22, 2013

Credit www.cincystpatsparade.com

People were outraged last week when the group that puts on the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade said a gay rights group couldn't march. Now at least seven Cincinnati Council members (two hadn't responded as of Friday afternoon) are prepared to approve a motion making sure that doesn't happen again.

Councilman Chris Seelbach's motion would require all parades receiving a financial subsidy from the city - and there are four - must agree in writing to adhere to the city's non-discrimination policy.

It would also require any economic development deals, city contractors or anyone else doing work on behalf of - and subsidized by - the city adhere to the non-discrimination policy as well. An aid for Councilman Seelbach says the city funds 90 percent of four parades deemed Annual Cultural Heritage Events.

They are:

  • Findlay Market Opening Day Parade
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • Black Family Reunion Parade
  • Juneteenth Festival Parade