With New York City already painted rainbow after the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday granting marriage equality to same-sex couples in all 50 states, the city’s Pride March could not have come at a better time.
On Sunday June 28, hundreds of thousands of people showed up for the march, which was said to have the largest turn out since its foundation in 1970. From midtown to the West Village, about 300 floats made their way through, as the crowd chanted their support and waved their homemade signs and rainbow flags.
The massive event was attended by celebrities and elected officials alike, with British actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi serving as grand marshals. Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance was also widely celebrated by the crowds, who reportedly saw her filming an episode for her new reality series, I am Cait.
Governor Andrew Cuomo even officiated a wedding that morning (following the lead of Mayor de Blasio), expressing his nervousness prior to the event as he says, “this is my first wedding.”
One notable moment in the parade was when a red convertible drove by transporting two couples that held signs saying “Together 33 years,” and “Together 37 years.” The couples (Jo-Ann Shain and Mary Jo Kennedy; Michael Sabatino and Robert Voorheis), who had both been through difficult marriage equality cases, inspired supporters and on-looking police officers.
Some cameras focused in on the few protestors that attended who were claiming that “moral values” were being destroyed. However, the Pride attendees merely entered the cameras’ frames while flashing peace signs and big smiles.
Michael Crawford commented on the similar protestors at San Francisco’s pride event this weekend saying, “I feel that people who still hate no longer have the government backing them up.”
These Pride events occurred in other cities this weekend as well, including Seattle and Chicago, but N.Y.C. has always had a massive turnout and impeccable timing.
For example, in 2011 the Pride march took place just after the state legalized same-sex marriage, then in 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that all married couples (including same-sex couples) were entitled to federal benefits.
While N.Y.C. Pride 2015 acknowledged that hatred is still present and that there is a long way to go with other LGBT issues, the crowds came together in celebration and support of each other.
This year’s tagline was “Love Wins” in honor of marriage-equality, and we couldn’t agree more.