New York City's gay pride march celebrates Supreme Court rulings

June 30, 2013 8:22:33 PM PDT
There was plenty to celebrate for New York's gay community. The events on Sunday started with the Pride Parade along Fifth Avenue, and ended in TriBeCa with an outdoor dance party.

Thousands packed on to Pier 26 in the shadow of the World Trade Center, and danced for equality. After this week's Supreme Court rulings, many feel like they are that much closer to being seen the same as straight couples.

"Everyone is overflowing with complements and love, and couples just freely giving each other suppor," said Perrier Rodlph.

As thousands celebrated beneath a fireworks show on the Hudson, the NYPD kept a watchful eye. After several recent attacks against gays in New York City, police weren't taking any chances. Sunday's pride events went off without any issues.

Rainbow flags were proudly fluttering in the wind on the streets of Manhattan, where gay couples celebrated what has been a momentous week in the LGBT community.

"After the Supreme Court turned everything positive, it's a great weekend to celebrate," said David McVey, "We have plenty of parties going on. It's my birthday, too!"

Hundreds of bikers roared their engines to mark the start of the Pride Parade along Fifth Avenue Sunday afternoon. This year's theme was "Rain to Rainbows".

Among the grand marshals was 84-year-old Edith Windsor, the woman at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision granting gay couples federal marriage benefits.

"I think there's still a lot of states that just don't get it. They just don't understand that it's not the government's business who you marry," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.