When the drums started, the crowd cheered. The beats started the New York City Dyke March.
In 1993, the Lesbian Avengers sponsored the first such march in Washington, DC.
The tradition moved to New York City and for 22 years women have taken the streets of Manhattan, the day before the official gay pride parade.
It all starts at Bryant Park, near Times Square, and heads down Fifth Avenue. The procession ends in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, the neighborhood of the Stonewall Riots.