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New York City (NYC)
Gay Pride Parade

 
 
Gay Pride Parade
 
     
 
Update:
The 2014 Parade will be held on Sunday, June 29th.
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The NYC Gay Pride Parade is usually held on the last Sunday of June. It is just one of the major celebrations that occurs during action-packed Gay Pride Week. Other events held around that time are the Gay Pride Festival, Dance on the Pier and a firework display, which wraps up the week's events.

The parade originated in the early 1970s as a tribute to the riots that took place at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay and lesbian bar of the time. The bar became the epicenter for violent protests against the unlawful treatment of gays by the police. The Stonewall riots are now considered the major turning point in the Gay Rights movement. To this day, the annual parade route still passes the bar to pay homage to its significance. Over the years, the purpose of the parade has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember lives lost to illness, violence and neglect. Those lives are also remembered with a moment of silence, which has been a parade tradition since 1986. More recently, parade marchers have emphasized support of the ongoing fight for gay liberation and marriage equality.

Today, the Gay Pride Parade is a festive and colorful event. Parade participants are encouraged to express themselves in any way they see fit as long as they comply with New York State law, which prohibits nudity below the waist. Vibrant costumes, creative displays and floats are welcome, and they all contribute to the spirit of the event.

 
     
 

Sources:
NYCPride.org
Chiff.com/GayPrideParade
Manhattan.About.com/GayPrideWeek

 

 

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