By Lawrence Pfeil, Jr.
With a reported more than 100,000 participants and more than 1 million people in attendance, yesterday’s NYC Pride March 2023 was the largest in history, second only to 2019’s Stonewall 50 and World Pride edition. While that historic event lasted over 13 hours stretching over two days and two months (It started at Noon, June 30th and concluded sometime after 1AM July 1st) this year’s March had a renewed energy and enthusiasm in response to the current wave of homophobic, transphobic, and drag art censorship laws being enacted across the country.
Sam Champion, who anchored ABCNews7’s live coverage of the March, noted that in the three years since he’s been do it, one thing he’s noticed is the increase in the number of people participating in the March, not the number of groups but the number people marching with each group.
The increase is dramatic. In 2008, when I was part of the LGBT Community Center’s 25th Anniversary Float committee, participants in the March were estimated at roughly 35K. This year The Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary and participants in the March has increase by about 150% in 15 years.
It was great to be marching with The Center again celebrating Pride and everything they do for our Community. Here’s some photos from Pride March 2023.
You know you’re headed in the right direction when you get down to the subway platform and see this!
The Center’s float at lineup before we stepped off.
No Pride float is complete without a drag queen!
Part of our contingent was a group of LGBTQ asylum seekers to whom The Center provides a multitude of services and support.
We also had a celebrity with us! Recognize him?
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And I thought my feet were gonna hurt when the March was over!
Nothing like having a whole cheer squad proceeding you down 5th Ave!
The category IS… Grand Marshal Billy Porter!
The crowds were fired up and enormous!
The crowd had protest signs too.
In 2021, opposition to a vote of the full membership of NYC Pride, its Executive Board decided unilaterally to ban the Gay Officers Action League NY from participating in the March because they work for the NYPD. They are the only LGBTQ group banned from the March.
Can’t think of better message for today than this one.
See you next year!
Read our previous Pride Month 2023 posts: