Revellers standing on Seventh Avenue watch the annual Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 in New York City. (Kena Betancur/Getty)
Thousands of New Yorkers turned out today to celebrate the city’s Pride parade.
The annual Pride parade, which first took place in 1970, has grown to become one of the largest in the United States, with hundreds of groups marching and more than 100 floats.
This year’s event was Grand Marshalled by LGBT activists from Lambda Legal and OutRight International, as well as out tennis player Billie Jean King and agender advocate Tyler Ford.
The theme for this year’s march was ‘Defiantly Different,’ which organisers say “speaks to the breadth of the LGBTQ+ community as a unified people and our tenacious individuality”.
In previous years the march started on 5th Avenue and ended on Christopher Street, in the heart of the city’s gay district – but in a break with tradition the parade took a new route.
The new route begins on 7th Avenue, passing the city’s AIDS memorial, before progressing through Christopher Street and past the historic Stonewall Inn, before heading up 5th Avenue and ending in midtown.