Pride celebrated, Orlando remembered

Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel

Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

New York celebrated Pride this past Sunday with the annual parade on Fifth Avenue from 36th Street to the West Village. Police presence was increased at the event because of the mass shooting in Orlando two weeks ago and protesters at the Dyke March on Saturday noticed that community affairs officers for the NYPD were more vigilant than in previous years about keeping anti-gay protesters separated from participants at the march. The parade included solemn tributes to the victims of the massacre but participants were high-energy and as usual, didn’t hold back with their costumes. Some particularly timely outfits paid homage to the upcoming election with Donald Trump masks and signs about the candidates.

The float for Netflix series Orange Is The New Black was popular with the crowd, especially when cast members Natasha Lyonne and Lea DeLaria jumped off after 23rd Street to take selfies with fans for a few blocks.

Other participants included State Senator Brad Hoylman, Councilmember Corey Johnson, the NBA, the New York Civil Liberties Union, Facebook, the FDNY, Quakers of New York, Buzzfeed and Planned Parenthood. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also made a surprise visit at the parade for four blocks in the Village, joining Governor Andrew Cuomo, Reverend Al Sharpton and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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