Pride Parade

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Annual Pride Parade Marches Through NYC

June 24, 2018 - 11:55 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) --  A throng turned out Sunday as New York City celebrated its 49th annual Pride March.

This year, the parade took a different route and began at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue. The parade, lead by grand marshals Billie Jean King and Tyler Ford, passed by the historic Stonewall Inn before marchers turned east on Christopher Street and then headed north on Fifth Avenue to 29th Street.

Though, as WCBS 880's Steve Burns reported, the usual signs of Pride -- including the rainbow flags, dancing and coloful outfits -- were all still there.

Attendees said the only real difference of this years parade was the sense of determination. In addition the parade being a celebration of LGBT pride, it has also become a protest. 

"It's like the more people want to silence me, it's like I'm going to say even crazier stuff," one person said.

The new parade route was a test run for next year’s march, which is anticipated to draw millions of people to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and to celebrate the WorldPride Festival.

“I hope next year is a very different year from this year in terms of how happy the world can be,” one attendee said. "Maybe we'll get there."