On any other holiday, so much colorful paraphernalia might be unwelcome. But the rainbow tidal wave that envelops New York every mid-June is the best kind of overwhelming. Yesterday was the annual NYC Pride Parade, and, with its tens of thousands of marchers, the energy in New York was so buzzy you could feel it across all five boroughs. It was, as the New York Times described, “political, provocative and always a party.”
The first march took place on June 28th, 1970, on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which are widely considered the catalyst for the modern Gay Rights Movement. Since then, it has become, as NYCPride.org puts it, “an annual civil rights demonstration…broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.”
As yesterday’s parade snaked it’s way from Midtown to Greenwich Village, there was a thunderous current of joy as much as political activism and resistance. You’ll feel it when you look through the above photos, captured by MR photographer Simon Chetrit. There are so many LGBTQ causes that demand our urgent attention, but it’d be remiss not to celebrate the fact that the simple act of taking up space is a victory in its own right. You’ll feel that, too.