Long Island Pride Parade in Long Beach

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Thousands turn out for Long Island Pride Parade amid boil water alert

June 23, 2019 - 6:38 pm

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- A boil water advisory, still in effect in Long Beach after an E-coli scare, didn't stop the community from hosting the 29th annual Long Island Pride parade Sunday.

Thousands marched along Broadway. Many like Jason came to make a statement.

"I'm marching here today because I'm showing my pride for being queer," he said.

A lot of the spectators at the parade weren't part of the LGBTQ community -- they were there to show their support.

"That everybody has a voice, that everybody gets to love who they want. That they all get to be who they want to be and nobody can tell them anything other than that," a reveler named Maria said.

Gov. Cuomo on Sunday sent some 85,000 bottles of water to Long Beach -- not just for residents but for people attending the parade.

A boil water advisory remained in effect Sunday, two days after routine testing Friday turned up traces of E. coli in the city's water supply.

Nassau County health officials say the advisory will stay in place until at least Monday.

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