New York’s annual LGBTQ pride parade was held virtually for the second year in a row on Sunday due to the pandemic, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from walking, celebrating and making their presence felt. of a series of events around the city.
The main New York City pride parade, which typically draws crowds of attendees and spectators, was billed as a TV special because the now-lifted pandemic restrictions were still in effect at the time it was planned.
In a pre-recorded video released during the event, actor Wilson Cruz, one of the parade’s grand marshals, said, âPride for me is how seriously we work to truly include all of us across the spectrum. identities in our struggle for freedom and liberation.
On a day marked by high temperatures and bright sunshine, crowds gathered in the city, at PrideFest, a street fair with vendors, food and entertainment in Manhattan; in Herald Square where a dance party was planned; and in Washington Square Park, where videos posted online showed a loud party in progress. Fireworks, music and food were prepared for Pier 45 in Hudson River Park.
Sean Gannon of Maplewood, New Jersey, was in attendance with her husband and two 3-year-old sons.
“It’s so important for them to see that they have two fathers and that there are other people who have two mothers, two fathers, single fathers, single mothers,” Gannon told WCBS radio. . composed, so it’s really great to be able to share that experience with them today.
For those seeking to protest for LGBTQ rights, the Reclaim Pride Coalition organized its third queer liberation march from Bryant Park to Stonewall National Monument and Washington Square Park. The event of the liberation march does not allow the participation of the police or the companies.
New York’s gay pride parades began in 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall uprising in 1969, which began after a police raid on a Manhattan gay bar.
The Stonewall Inn is still there, now under different owners.