So over the last few weeks (and yes I will admit it has been long overdue at this point) I have been talking about how I went to the New York city Gay pride parade/festival and to expect a post about it. Well here it is, for your enjoyment to live curiously though, snark at or thrive on.
I have been to the NYC gay pride parade before as well as the local one in my home of Philadelphia. I have to say though Philadelphia has nothing on New Yorks parade but they do still throw a great party. This year after the ruling, I obviously knew each celebration was going to be unique. Not because this event was any more important than the others in the past but just that it really was going to be a celebration. Already being an event always associated with pride, I knew this years’s parade was definitely going to be filled with it. Therefor, I had to make sure I was in attendance.
Getting there, I was surprised by how quickly everything felt happy and right. The whole city was in celebration and I mean the entire city. There were stores with rainbow flags in windows, homeless people sporting gay pride apparel, free food, drinks, rainbow giveaways from almost any company you can imagine and some stores such as Google went as far as to make their headquarter letters in rainbow. I was so moved when I saw all of the physical evidence proving that we have come so far in this country. Even the NYC police and fire department marched in the parade in support. Everyone was celebrating and while I am sure there were people in that city that were not as happy, everyone who had been waiting for this moment in history sure was.
There was a presents about this day, that city and everybody’s moods that felt very humbling and inspiring. There was an amazing turn out, CNN said it expected 1 million people and it sure felt like it. There was so much happiness and excitement throughout the crowds and it really was a party. People dressed in crazy costumes, loud pop music, flags everywhere and giveaways all over. What made it more inspiring was you could just feel the sense of accomplishment and relief everyone had that day. Finally a huge win for this community that everyone attending had either fought for or supported through the long struggle.
While I am aware like many people have already pointed out, this is not the end of the fight. The LGBTQ community has a lot they are still striving for but it was still a magnificent event to be apart of. I am positive that it will be in future history books and I am so proud to have played a role in this fight and moment. I am proud to have been a part of something that was so much bigger than me . This is history in the making and it is truly inspiring.