Marchers and onlookers took over much of midtown Manhattan with a procession that lasted hours and paid tribute to the uprising that began at the tavern when patrons resisted officers on June 28, The parade in New York and others like it across the nation concluded a month of events marking the anniversary. Eraina Clay, 63, of suburban New Rochelle, came to celebrate a half-century of fighting for equality. I raised kids. Alyssa Christianson, 29, of New York City, was topless, wearing just sparkly pasties and boy shorts underwear.
New York leads Pride parades as LGBTQ activists debate state of movement
Millions celebrate LGBTQ pride in New York amid global fight for equality: organizers - Reuters
New York City Pride March is an event celebrating the LGBTQ community ; it is one of the largest annual Pride marches in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants and millions of sidewalk spectators each June. The largest NYC Pride March to date coincided with the Stonewall 50 — WorldPride NYC festivities, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the riots at the Stonewall Inn , with , participants and five million visitors to Manhattan on Pride weekend;  an estimated four million attended the parade. This event, together with further protests and rioting over the following nights, marked a watershed moment in the modern LGBT rights movement and the impetus for organizing LGBT pride marches on a much larger scale. Veterans of the riot formed a group, the Stonewall Veterans Association , which has continued to drive the advancement of LGBT rights from the rioting at the Stonewall Inn, to the present day. In the weeks following the riots, people gathered for a "Gay Power" demonstration in Washington Square Park , followed by a march to Sheridan Square.
Event organizers and city officials said , parade marchers and up to 4 million visitors commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that triggered the modern LGBTQ movement, with corporate sponsorship and police protection that would have been unthinkable half a century ago. Similar parades were being held around the world, with celebratory events in liberal democracies and growing fights for equality in other places. North Macedonia held its first gay pride march on Saturday.
Cities including San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle were also hosting parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between New York police and patrons of the Stonewall Inn that sparked the gay rights movement. Organizers expected , people to parade and hundreds of thousands more to line the streets to watch. It was not the only show in town. A smaller Queer Liberation March started at 9. They headed to Central Park for a rally.