NYC Pride March 2017

During the month of June communities across the United States celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Pride Month. As part of the month’s celebrations, many large cities host Pride Parades and Festivals. New York City certainly hosts those kinds of festivities, but instead of a parade there is an annual Pride March.

The timing of Pride each year, as well as NYC’s decision to hold a march rather than a parade, has important historical roots. American society in the 1960s was extremely homophobic, and LGBT persons often faced harassment and persecution by police and the larger society. Early in the morning on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village. The LGBT community in New York City, like those elsewhere at that time, were accustomed to being targeted by police, but this time the NYC community decided to push back. Over the next few days, many people participated in the Stonewall Riots or Stonewall Uprising. Today, the modern LGBT rights movement traces its roots back to those critical days in June 1969. We honor that history by celebrating and marching every June.

Last Sunday was this year’s Pride March in the city. Like the protests that form its historical foundation, this year’s march was as much about protest and communicating about important issues facing the LGBT community as it was about celebration. Don’t get me wrong, there was a fun spirit surrounding the march and much entertainment, but there were also many participants communicating serious messages.

Here are some photos illustrating the range of participants and messages of this year’s Pride March – I hope you enjoy!

16 thoughts on “NYC Pride March 2017

  1. I enjoyed these pictures on your instagram, but it is nice to see the collection here. A great parade. Love the little girl in the Wonder Woman costume.

    1. Yes, I’m able to post photos on Instagram so much quicker. (You’ve seen from there how much street art I’ve been finding lately too.) You chose the photo that is my favorite as well – there’s something about the expression on her face and how she carries herself.

      1. Loving your street art pics. I’ll be in NYC staying near Little Italy in October. Hoping to find some street art in the area.

  2. Thanks for covering! I missed it. We were touring Emanu-El temple uptown. Really have to make it to Gay Pride one year. Always wanted to check it out.

    I’m working on an ebook that will be a companion to our blog. It’s going to be about how we travel without a car. I’m aiming for it to be out by fall but I was originally aiming for spring. Vic is my editor before I send it out to get another work over. He hates reading. It’ll get done when it’s done. There will be a section about my favorite bloggers, is it ok if I list your blog?

      1. Thank You! WordPress folks are very supportive of the idea. You guys make me feel much better about it. My friends were like – eh, couldn’t quite see it. The one I’m working on is the USA one and a Canada one. The idea came about because I get so irritated planning things and wanted to make it easier for other people.

  3. I love the everyone can marry fairy! This is such a great post with fantastic photos from the NYC Pride March! Here in the UK this weekend in our capital city was Pride London and it looked fantastic! I couldn’t be there but I did paint my eyes in the pretty πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ colours to support the LGBT community! I’m not exactly part of the community but I am a HUGE supporter of LGBT rights! I’d love it if you checked out my LGBT eye makeup tutorial that I blogged Saturday in support of Pride! Lovely post keep up the brilliant work and fab photos! πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆβ€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’—

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