NYC Pride March 2019 culminates month of Stonewall commemorations

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Monday, July 1, 2019
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Candace McCowan reports on the culmination of a month of pride events at NYC Pride March 2019.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City threw a massive LGBTQ Pride March Sunday to culminate a month of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between police and gay bar patrons that sparked the modern gay rights movement.

The New York City Pride March, the biggest Pride celebration in the world, drew millions of spectators. It featured 677 contingents including community groups, major corporations and cast members from FX's "Pose."

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Revelers dressed in rainbow-colored clothing waved flags and signs as the march got underway. Some people climbed up on street lamp posts or were on people's shoulders to get a better view.

Eraina Clay, 63, of suburban New Rochelle, came to celebrate the anniversary.

"I think that we should be able to say we've been here for so long, and so many people are gay that everybody should be able to have the chance to enjoy their lives and be who they are," Clay said. "I have a family. I raised kids. I'm just like everybody else."

Security was tight with police officers stationed throughout the route.

At 71 years old, Grace Jones was beaming with pride as she took the stage on Manhattan's West Side. Saturday's performances marked the start of the two-day music celebration. Madonna is set to take the stage Sunday night.

Tens of thousands flocked to Pride Island Saturday and Sunday dressed in their pride best - they made it to New York City from all over the world.

Madonna ended WorldPride with a bang with a concert on Pier 97.

"One of my highlights was I was walking on the streets of New York and this woman said 'I love you'," said James Moran, from Sydney, Australia.

This year, millions are celebrating world pride, marking 50 years since the Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village, with so much progress in the gay rights movement.

Even a severe thunderstorm that closed off festivities for about an hour and a half Saturday didn't damper the mood.

"We had a great time talking to people from all around the world - it's been great," said Teto Rincon.

They were celebrating love and the commitment for change while also not forgetting those who fought to get here.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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