Celebration, defiance mix at New York City gay pride parade

Sonia a transgender and acid attack survivor runs a beauty salon

Sonia a transgender and acid attack survivor runs a beauty salon

Elected officials, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, were among those attending the march.

"We need to come out together in a very public show of support for each other and the community as a whole", she said in an interview during the parade.

Pride Committee member, Michael Rapley told Loop Barbados that, although the LGBT community has put on other marches in the past, this is the first year the Pride Parade will be hosted on a large scale. Olivia Nadler, a CT resident attending her third parade, said "people that are oppressed are not going to go away, they're not going to be quiet, they're not going to be ignored". For the second year in a row, uniformed police officers did not participate in the parade.

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The theme of NYC's parade was Defiantly Different, and had plenty of celeb representation - from tennis legend Billie Jean King and singer Kylie Minogue to actor and gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.

Thousands of people clad in rainbow colors marched Sunday through Greenwich Village and up Fifth Avenue for the annual Gay Pride parade, a massive celebration of LGBTQ identity.

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Showing just how important the parade is, Market Street - one of the city's main thoroughfares - was shut down for the event as festivities began in Embarcadero and ended at the Civic Centre.

Everyone from dignitaries to organizers and spectators said the recent tensions weren't far from their minds.

"We still have a lot of work do to make sure these things don't happen".

"There is so much that needs to be done", Singh said.

Singh said it was not surprising Doug Ford decided not to appear.

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