Marchers, spectators celebrate love at New York City Pride 2024 in Manhattan

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Sunday, June 30, 2024
NYC Pride 2024 March draws millions in Manhattan
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Happy Pride from the ABC 7 New York Family!

Our very own Sam Champion, Lauren Glassberg, Kemberly Richardson and Pedro Rivera anchored the 2024 NYC Pride March in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon.

This year's event marked the 40th anniversary of Heritage of Pride and the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. An estimated 2.5 million people attended the event, according to NYC Pride March organizers.

The march took place between 25th Street and Fifth Avenue. Marchers proceeded south on Fifth Avenue before heading west on Eighth Street. After crossing over Sixth Avenue, the march continued on Christopher Street passing the Stonewall National Monument. The celebration turned north on Seventh Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before dispersing in Chelsea at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue.

More than 75% percent of all marching groups were nonprofit organizations, and more than half of all marching groups were participating free-of-charge.

Pride 2024 Theme: "Reflect. Empower. Unite"

This year's theme was "Reflect. Empower. Unite."

Organizers selected the theme to highlight the importance of the NYC Pride March as the intersection for Queer liberation and joy.

The theme encourages individuals, advocates, community leaders and allies to reflect on the challenges they have overcome together and empowers them to take action in shaping our collective future.

"This year's theme is an imperative and a call to action. While we reflect on past triumphs and challenges, we must also empower our community to continue to ignite change and unite against the forces that do not want us to exist. Unity at this time is critical to our survival. Our theme calls us all to action," said Kazz Alexander, NYC Pride co-chair.

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Grand Marshals for Pride 2024

The list of grand marshals includes DaShawn Usher, Miss Major, Raquel Willis, Michelle Visage, Eshe Ukwell and Baddie Brooks.

"This diverse selection of leaders reflects the spirit of unity, resilience, and celebration within the LGBTQIA+ community," Alexander said. "Now more than ever It is imperative for members across our community to unite behind the mission of the LGBTQIA+ cause: simply the opportunity to love, and to be able to live as you desire."

Alexander says everyone benefits when "we are all unified in the spirit of liberation for the most marginalized."

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Pride Events

PrideFest: Where Equality Takes Center Stage

PrideFest returns on Sunday, June 30, with its renowned LGBTQIA+ street fair for its 30th anniversary. As the largest LGBTQIA+ street festival in NYC, PrideFest promises a day filled with excitement and celebration. This event encompasses various components, including StageFest, FamilyFest, CommunityFest and FoodFest, offering a diverse range of experiences for attendees of all backgrounds.

Youth Pride

This event takes place on Saturday, June 29 at the South Street Seaport Museum - Pier 16 and The Seaport - Pier 17, ages 13-24, for a vibrant celebration honoring LGBTQIA+ youth, offering a safe space for empowerment, education and community building.

Bliss Days: Embracing the Spirit of LGBTQIA+ Womxn

On Sunday, June 30, Bliss Days (formerly known as Femme Fatale) promises to be a jubilant celebration of LGBTQIA+ womxn. This annual 21+ event is dedicated to honoring the achievements and contributions of womxn within the community.

For more information and updates on the 2024 Pride March celebration and other events, visit nycpride.org and to sign up to volunteer please visit nycpride.org/volunteer and fill out the brief form.

June has been an important month for the LGBTQIA+ rights movement since New York City's first Pride march - then dubbed the "Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day" march - on June 28, 1970.

That event marked an act of defiance from the year before, a 1969 uprising at New York City's Stonewall Inn. After a police raid at the gay bar, a crowd partly led by trans women of color channeled their anger to confront authorities. It was a catalyst to what became a global movement for LGBTQIA+ rights.

For more than a half-century, the annual marches have been an opportunity to demand action on specific issues such as the AIDS epidemic and same-sex marriage while also serving as a public celebration.

Discover more Pride coverage at abc7ny.com/pride

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