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Gay Pride fever hits the streets of New York City

Gay Pride fever hits the streets of New York City

Today (30 June) gay and straight New Yorkers celebrated LGBT equality and a new chapter in the for for marriage rights. The Heritage of Pride march, typically called Gay Pride parade, took to the streets of Manhattan.

From the middle of the city to the bar where the modern LGBT political movement began, the Stonewall Inn, the rainbow was the required emblem for the day.

The parade was led grand marshals Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes.
 Windsor is the victorious plaintiff in the Defense of Marriage Act US Supreme Court ruling.

Belafonte, aside from being an actor and musician, is a longtime advocate for civil and human rights. Fowlkes is the president/CEO of the Center for Black Equity, whose mission is to promote health, social and economic equity in the Black LGBT community.

Windsor was the star of the day. Her face was on multiple posters and if her name was heard on a microphone, it was cheered.

GSN spoke to Peter from New York City, (he didn’t offer a last name). He usually attends pride, and while he was ‘happy with all the things that happened with the Supreme Court,’  this year’s festivities didn’t hold any special significance for him.

‘I like coming to the parade.’ he said. ‘Everybody comes out and lets it hang out.’

Jonathan and Matt felt differently. Both are from across the Hudson River, Jonathan from Morristown, New Jersey and Matt from Lincoln Park (also in the Garden State).

This was Matt’s first parade. Both saw today as different due to the marriage decisions.

‘Been here [at the parade] for three years straight,’ Jonathan said (neither provided a last name). ‘I come down to support my cause.’

For more photos, click on this Flickr account.