The 48th annual Pride March yesterday passed through Greenwich Village, electrifying our streets with vibrant color, pulsating music, performance, and costume. Click here to view our Facebook photo gallery.
The March is always an exceptionally happy and joyful celebration of the LGBTQ+ movement and community; however, it is also of significant national and international importance as an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.
The theme of Pride 2018 was "Defiantly Different, celebrating the rallying cry of generations who laid the groundwork for equality, the next wave of creative thinkers yesterday prepared to score their own trails, and each distinctive individual in between.
NYC Pride Co-Chair, David Studinski, describes this years theme as about showing our power, squaring our shoulders in the face of adversity, and continuing to sculpt that magnetic bond within the LGBTQ+ community and our allies.
As the rousing parade of kaleidoscopic color moved through the Village, the creativity of the floats and performers provided a constant reminder of the Pride 2018 themes.
Above the many sights and sounds there was one feeling and emotion, which rose up across the day, the feeling of unity and togetherness, bound together by a shared loved which knew no boundaries or barriers.
There are countless favorite moments from a truly special day; our photos capture some of our favorites from our West 8th Street vantage point. Share yours with us and we will add them to our gallery!
As we reflect on Pride 2018 and look forward to Pride 2019 and Stonewall 50, when New York City will host WorldPride, we will continue to live by the themes of Defiantly Different, by standing, defiantly defiantly different, and defiantly as one.
Find out more about the year round work of NYC Pride and their work in giving back to local communities through volunteering and awarding grants, by clicking here.