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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!

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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.  

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Things to do

LGBTQ+ History, Neighborhood and Pub Tour of 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. 

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