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Photos: the New York City Pride March over the years

Take a look back at 50 years of protests, celebration and community at NYC Pride Marches

Photograph: Courtesy New York Public Library/Manuscripts and Archives Division
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New York is gearing up to celebrate a momentous Pride Month, commemorating not only the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots but also welcoming visitors from around the world for WorldPride. To mark the occasion, we collected images from NYC pride marches from over the last 50 years. Some were drawn from the New York Public Library’s fascinating “Love and Resistance: Stonewall 50” exhibition and others were provided via the New-York Historical Society’s “Stonewall 50,” one of our best museum exhibitions to see in New York this summer.

Check them out below!

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the NYC Pride Parade

1969: The Stonewall Riots

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Photograph: Courtesy New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images

1969: Gay Liberation Front marches on Times Square

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Photograph: Courtesy New York Public Library/Manuscripts and Archives Division

1970: Ida, a member of the Gay Liberation Front and Lavender Menace

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Photograph: Courtesy New York Public Library/Manuscripts and Archives Division

1970: Nancy Tucker and partner in Butch-Femme t-shirts

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Photograph: Courtesy New York Public Library/Manuscripts and Archives Division

1973: Demonstration at City Hall

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Photograph: Courtesy New York Public Library/Manuscripts and Archives Division

1983: Participants in the 14th annual March

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Photograph: Courtesy Mario Cabrera/AP/Shutterstock

1988: ACT UP activists at Pride March

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Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Society

1990: Two participants kiss outside St. Patrick's Cathedral

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Photograph: Courtesy David Cantor/AP/Shutterstock

1995: Amazonia powders her face

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Photograph: Courtesy Adam Nadel/AP/Shutterstock

2003: Five colorful marchers in midtown

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Photograph: Courtesy Justin Lane/EPA/Shutterstock

2011: Paola Perez and Linda Collazo celebrate New York's legalization of gay marriage

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Photograph: Courtesy Mark Lennihan/AP/Shutterstock

2017: A kiss on the march route

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Photograph: Kelsey Dubinsky

Heading to this year's march? Discover everything you need to know about 2019's NYC Pride Parade.  

The best pride events in NYC

Photograph: Courtesy Urban Adventures
Things to do

LGBTQ+ History, Neighborhood and Pub Tour of Greenwich Village

icon-location-pin Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village
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Meet at the arch at Washington Square Park and cruise through eons of queer history in the nexus of the West Village. Along with an expert queer tour guide, you'll journey through the gay nexus's history (back to the 1630s), indulge in a complimentary cone at Big Gay Ice Cream, hit up bars like Marie's Crisis and the Stonewall, and learn about the continued battles that queer activists face in NYC and beyond. 

Things to do

Out to Climb

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Boulders, Gowanus
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Brooklyn Boulders invites guests to climb its rainbow route, with a donation to the Ali Forney Center for every selfie posted at the summit. Head to both the Brooklyn and Queens locations for totally wild Pride celebrations, boasting drag queen acro yoga, sunset sun salutations, flower crown making and pop-up shops. 

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Folsom Street East

icon-location-pin Various locations, New York
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Celebrate kink-and-fetish freedom at the annual leathery street fair, modeled on the massive Folsom Street fest in San Francisco. You'll be able to show off your filthiest look, shop wares and catch drag performances and lose it to pulsing DJ sets. 

Comedy

Zach Zimmerman: Clean Comedy

icon-location-pin HERE, Soho
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When stand-up Zach Zimmerman embarked on a career in comedy, his mother advised him to keep it clean. To celebrate the release of his decidedly un-Christian album, Zimmerman is flying his mom in from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to weigh in on the filthy material of over 25 comedians. On the lineup for judgment are Aaron Jackson, Andy Ward, Blythe Roberson, Carmen Christopher, Dave Mizzoni, Drew Lausch, Edy Modica, Gabe Gonzalez, Halcyon Person, Jason Gilbert, Jenny Gorelick, Jovough Jackson, Karen Chee, Mary Houlihan, Matt Rogers, Phillip Markle, Ruby Fox, Tessa Skara, Zach Teague, Sam Campell, Simone Leitner and Peter Valenti. 

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Whoopi Goldberg
Photograph: Timothy White
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World Pride Opening Ceremony

icon-location-pin Barclays Center, Prospect Heights
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NYC kicks off its biggest Pride ever at Barclays Center, with Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper and Ciara performing to raise money for Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality, and SAGE.

NYC Pride 2018: Teaze HER
Photograph: Courtesy BFA Rommel Demano
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Teaze

icon-location-pin The DL, Lower East Side
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Beloved women's Pride party Teaze teams up with the style collective DapperQ for this epic lewk-turning dance party. 

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NYC Pride 2018: Pride Island Sunday
Photograph: Courtesy Griffin Lipson
Things to do, Festivals

Pride Island

icon-location-pin Pier 97,
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Why is NYC Pride better than any other festival in the land? Ours has its own music festival. Head to Pier 97 for a breezy day in the sun with your favorite acts and their fans. This year's lineup is quite a banger, with Grace Jones, Kim Petras and Teyana Taylor shutting it down by the water. 

NYC Pride March
Photograph: Raymond Martinez
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NYC Pride March

icon-location-pin Various locations, New York
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The city's most legendary parade goes jumbo-sized to celebrate World Pride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. More than 80 floats, 350 marching organizations and thousands of spectators come together for a celebration of love, equality and a whole lot of drag. March begins at 26th St and Fifth Ave and continues down Fifth Ave to the Stonewall Monument and up Fifth Ave to 29th St.

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Pridefest
Photograph: Courtesy Heritage of Pride
Things to do

PrideFest

icon-location-pin Various locations, New York
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PrideFest is a NYC block party—but with way more sequins. In addition to enjoying the usual street-fair fare—tube socks, hilarious T-shirts, greasy treats—you can pick up information about public health, collect swag from corporate sponsors and catch sick performances by rapper Princess Nokia, singer Lauren Jauregui, twin songstresses The Veronicas and Spice Girl Melanie C & Sink The Pink.

Ladyfag
Photograph: courtesy Marco Ovando
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LadyLand Festival

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Mirage, Bushwick
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Only in our most divine dreams could we have imagined not just one but two days of music-festival bliss curated for WorldPride by queer nightlife doyenne LadyFag. And the gag is this: The lineup is stellar. Get down to sets from Yves Tumor and Its Band, Gossip, Honey Dijon, Clara 3000, Dorian Electra and many other faves. Count on plenty of queer vendors and sickening looks to put a cherry on Pride weekend’s most legendary night.

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