NEW YORK (WABC) -- Watch ABC 7 New York's coverage of New York City's 53rd annual Pride March here.
The NYC Pride March broadcast special, co-hosted by Angelica Ross, returned for its seventh consecutive year on ABC 7.
The March kicked off from 25th Street and 5th Avenue. Marchers proceeded south on 5th Avenue before heading west on 8th Street. After crossing over 6th Avenue, the March continued on Christopher Street passing the Stonewall National Monument. It turns north on 7th Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before dispersing in Chelsea at 16th Street and 7th Avenue.
More than 75% percent of all marching groups are non-profit organizations, and more than half of all marching groups are participating free-of-charge.
June has been an important month for the LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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.
The month of pride and celebration comes at a time when there is deep concern about growing hate speech and new restrictions that impact the community.
"There are over 500 anti LGBTQ+ laws being proposed this year alone and we're only halfway through the year," said NYC Pride co-chair Sue Doster.
The theme for the 2023 NYC Pride March was Strength in Solidarity.
"It was very important to us to emphasize the importance of solidarity and standing up for those who may not be able to stand up for themselves," Doster said.
We are your home for the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 25. Watch the broadcast from noon until 3 p.m. on Channel 7 and anywhere you stream ABC7NY. And be sure to join us Saturday, June 24 for our special as we tell inspiring stories about pride.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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