By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The month honoring the LGBT movement ended on Sunday with the annual Pride March down Fifth Avenue, with even larger crowds than usual for the celebration due to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and WorldPride. The latter attracted visitors from all over the world both participating in the march and watching from the barricades.
Stuyvesant Town also celebrated Pride with a parade for the first time this year, holding the event last Wednesday after the originally scheduled date got rained out. Peggy Becker, a 25-year Stuy Town resident, said that she was excited that management had decided to host their own parade.
“It’s a historical event,” she said. “They’ve never done it before so I wanted to support it.”
High school senior Asher Dwoskin, Becker’s grandson, has marched in the city’s main parade in the past with a contingent organized by Amherst College, his mother’s alma mater, and said that marching in both that parade and Stuy Town’s was important to him.
State Senator Brad Hoylman, the only openly-LGBT member of the State Senate, participated in both marches, handing out copies of the Constitution in Stuy Town and on Fifth Avenue this Sunday.
“It’s equally energizing to see families and children of all ages waving rainbow flags and standing up for equality,” Hoylman said of the two marches. “There can’t be anything more gratifying than to march on behalf of my community.”
City Councilmember and Peter Cooper Village resident Keith Powers also participated in both marches, saying that the parade in Stuy Town was especially important for him.
“I think there are very few communities that would do such a well-publicized and large-scale event about Pride,” he said. “This one was a little more personal for me because I got to see all my neighbors.”