Pride parades also known as pride marches , pride events , and pride festivals are outdoor events celebrating lesbian , gay , bisexual , transgender , non-binary and queer LGBTQ social and self acceptance, achievements, legal rights , and pride. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. The events became annual and grew internationally. In , New York and the world celebrated the largest international Pride celebration in history: Stonewall 50 - WorldPride NYC , produced by Heritage of Pride commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots , with five million attending in Manhattan alone. In , the gay rights protest movement was visible at the Annual Reminder pickets, organized by members of the lesbian group Daughters of Bilitis , and the gay men's group Mattachine Society. Mattachine members were also involved in demonstrations in support of homosexuals imprisoned in Cuban labor camps.
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'Queer Liberation March' sets stage for dueling NYC gay pride events
From there, the march will proceed briefly northeast along West 10th Street, before turning north and marching up Sixth Avenue into Central Park, ending at the Great Lawn. The alternative march is the result of years of tension between members of the Reclaim Pride Coalition and Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit that produces the official NYC Pride event. You can't do it without police, and in New York City, if you get a permit for an event of this scale, you automatically get police, you automatically get barricades," Sue Doster, Heritage of Pride's strategic planning director, told NBC News shortly before Reclaim Pride announced its final plans. In addition, the timing of the Queer Liberation March is designed so that the NYC Pride March — and the millions of people expected to travel to New York for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots — can go off without a hitch at the same location, the Stonewall Inn, just several hours later.
NYC gay pride parade even more meaningful this year
But because of the coronavirus pandemic, for the first time, it was canceled. This is like a really beautiful thing to see. There was a brief altercation between police and some people who were gathering in Washington Square Park.
Parades in New York City cause traffic and pedestrian rage to skyrocket, but they provide opportunities for residents and visitors to cut loose, get creative, and party in the streets. Below are some of the biggest, flashiest, and most exciting New York parades. Since , Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a holiday tradition for New Yorkers and television viewers around the world. More than 2. Additionally, many residents and visitors enjoy watching the balloons inflate the night before the parade.