Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York City Celebrates LGBT Pride Parade

June 24, 2018 - 11:31 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Tens of thousands of people marched through New York City to celebrate LGBT pride on Sunday.

Many arrived at the parade to celebrate their own sexuality, while others came in support of loved ones.

As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, attendees said the parade was a “time to celebrate our life and our freedom” but some were quick to point out those hard-won freedoms could be lost easily.

“Once again you’re allowed to decide whether or not you want to sell a cake to someone or not,” said one attendee. He referenced the Supreme Court ruling from earlier this month that sided in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake to celebrate the marriage of a same sex couple.

Sunday’s parade also acknowledged the historic Stonewall Inn with a new parade route that traveled passed the national landmark.

The route change was a practice run for next year when the city will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising while also hosting the WorldPride Festival.

The crowd remained upbeat throughout the day with dancing and music as it progressed down Seventh Avenue towards Christopher Street, and then north on Fifth Avenue.

Nearly 2 million people lined the route and the march’s director took the opportunity to tell the massive crowd that we were born to change this world so that one day we don’t have to be defined by our differences.