The 49th annual New York City LGBT Pride March was held in the streets of Manhattan on Sunday.
The rainbow-colored spectacle to honor members of the LGBT community and celebrate strides in LGBT rights is the culmination of a series of events held by the NYC Pride organization. New York’s march, often the most attended Pride parade in the world, is always a sight to behold.
Here’s what 2018’s Pride March looked like.
Tennis legend and LGBT activist Billie Jean King served as grand marshal of the NYC Pride March.
Some people came to Pride scantily-clad …
… while others wore elaborate outfits that showcased their identities.
The LGBT community has made large strides since the first Pride parade in 1970, but it is still fighting for rights.
The theme of this year’s festivities was “Defiantly Different.”
A couple of New York firefighters got engaged …
… and the crowd cheered for the happy couple.
Attendance at past Pride parades in New York has reportedly been more than 2 million.
New Yorkers of all stripes processed down the parade route, which spanned more than two dozen blocks between Chelsea and Greenwich Village.
Participants honored LGBT icons and celebrities. Honorees at this year’s parade included activist Victoria Cruz, local rapper Young MA, and Emma Gonzalez, a gun-control advocate and survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
The parade is a time when LGBT people can feel safe in public expressing themselves.
New York’s first Pride March took place in 1970 as a response to the Stonewall riots of 1969, during which members of the LGBT community protested a violent police raid at a Greenwich Village gay bar.
The parade route goes right past Stonewall Inn, site of the riots, to honor the bar’s legacy in the LGBT rights movement.
On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a memorial to honor the 49 people killed in the 2016 shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.
New Yorkers didn’t have to be out on the street to enjoy the march.
Not everybody walked down the parade route. Some rode motorcycles down 5th Avenue …
Many participants carried signs that referenced hot-button political issues, like the so-called ‘bathroom laws’ which dictate which restrooms transgender people may use.
The growing number of participants forced organizers to change this year’s parade route to stay on major roads, which can accommodate more people.
Organizers are expecting next year’s Pride March — which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots — to be the most attended Pride ever.