It’s been one heck of a Pride Month in NYC, and we haven’t even reached its pièce de résistance: the parade. The NYPD finally apologized for the 1969 Stonewall raid, Pose returned for Season 2, and Taylor Swift dove headfirst into allyship with an anti-“shade” single and a political plea. July is right around the corner now, but the party’s far from over: There are still a host of Pride events on the horizon, supreme among them the NYC Pride March.
The Pride March is a time to celebrate queer identities, increase visibility of the community, and demand full and continued equality for LGBTQIA+ people. Part protest, part party, it’s the grand finale of Pride in New York City -- and this year, the whole world is watching.
For the first time, WorldPride has made its way to the US -- NYC, to be specific -- and the timing is no coincidence. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, often considered the catalyst of the modern gay rights movement, and the world wants to join the celebration. With WorldPride in town through the end of the month, the NYC Pride March is elevated from an already-huge Pride tradition to the world’s most significant Pride event this year.
On the last Sunday in June, people from around the world will flood Manhattan to sing some songs, wave some flags, and shed light on the important issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community. However you identify, this historic celebration is one of 2019’s can’t miss events. Here’s everything you need to know about the 50th annual NYC Pride March.