For the very first time, New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade will permit an LGBT group to march during the procession. 

The New York Times reports that the New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee issued a statement today announcing that OUT@NBCUniversal will march with a banner at next year's event. NBC Universal Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Craig Robinson told the Times that, at the moment, it's unknown why OUT@NBCUniversal was selected, but they are welcome regardless. 

"We welcome the parade committee's decision to accept OUT@NBCUniversal's application to march and enthusiastically embrace the gesture of inclusion," he said. "Our employees, families and friends look forward to joining in this time-honored celebration of Irish culture and heritage."

Spokesman Bill O'Reilly, not to be confused with the other Bill O'Reilly, said that other groups can apply to participate in future marches. 

[via New York Times]

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