Photos from contributing Out Impact photographer Chiu K. Ng,
please attribute photos to Chiu K. Ng Photography and Out Impact
The air was filled with a colorful electricity, which flowed from person to person like one of the many rainbow flags that shimmered among the crowd. People from all over the world lined up along 5th Ave. from 36th Street down to 8th and even west towards Greenwich and Christopher Streets to join in on the New York Pride Parade (Facebook, Twitter) festivities, Sunday (June 30). Crowds were estimated at 200,000.
This year marked the 43rd annual Pride March, dating all the way back to 1970 as a way to demonstrate civil rights. The gay rights movement was strongly propelled by the Stonewall Riots, which occurred on June 28, 1969. Despite the desire to celebrate gay pride the spectators had more to recognize than just a vibrant parade; they had the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to commemorate.
The ruling was deemed unconstitutional on June 26, 2013 just days before the yearly march was to take place. Spectators and those actually marching within the parade cheered and waved signs commemorating the overruling of DOMA and America’s step closer to equality for its people.
This year, New York’s Pride March was graced by the presence of DOMA’s very own, Edie Windsor. She was one of the three Grand Marshals, along with Earl Fowlkes and Harry Belafonte. The crowd was evidently ecstatic to see Windsor by their shouts and cries of joy, and handcrafted signs in her honor.
The March was full of proud and passionate participants who ranged from city officials to your next-door neighbor demonstrating their support and desire for civil rights. The crowd was speckled with energetic colors, bubbles, balloons, signs, sparkles and flags that shook with the cities exuberant pride.
“I may not have been able to see the whole time, but it just goes to show that there was a ton of support and pride; and I can’t be upset about that,” Ryan Sheeler said.
The March lasted over two hours, but didn’t lose an ounce of energy. The parade offered more than just entertainment and free swag; it also offered a picture of what the future could hold for civil rights.
Photo gallery below, please attribute photos to Chiu K. Ng Photography and Out Impact: