It’s going to be a Good One this year.
And that’s quite an understatement.
After the passing of the New York State Same-Sex Marriage law on Friday night, the parade this year is expected to swell to half a million participants and a million onlookers.
Here’s a snapshot from Google Image Search of past parade images:
And, here’s the parade route:
It begins today at noon at 5th Avenue at 36th Street, and ends in Greenwich Village, passing by The Stonewall Inn – which is known as the Birthplace of the Gay Rights Movement in America.
According to The Stonewall Inn website and Wikipedia, in the wee, early morning hours of June 28, 1969 (mere hours after Judy Garland was buried, therefore emotions within the gay community were raw and on-edge) a police riot at The Stonewall Inn incited the first time in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against the police.
New York City’s first Gay Pride Parade occurred the following year to commemorate the anniversary of the riot. It has grown every year, and this year marks the 42nd annual event.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to take part, and I imagine that he will get quite the Hero’s Welcome.
If you are in New York City today, this is one historic event that you do not want to miss.