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The Sun Shines Again on Pride Day

The rainbow arches pass by the Empire State Building. | MICHAEL LUONGO

The rainbow arches pass by the Empire State Building. | MICHAEL LUONGO

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO AND MICHAEL LUONGO | Even though this year’s LGBT Pride March, marking the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, lacked the triumphalism of last year’s victories over the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, participants and spectators were in a buoyant and boisterous mood.

Among those marching down Fifth Avenue on Sunday, June 29 were Governor Andrew Cuomo; a spirited Mayor Bill de Blasio, joined by his wife Chirlane McCray; grand marshal Laverne Cox, star of Netflix’s hit show “Orange Is the New Black,” joined by Delores Nettles, who held up a picture of her daughter Islan, a transgender woman slain last year in Harlem; grand marshal Jonathan Groff, with his HBO “Looking” co-star Frankie J. Alvarez; the out LGBT members of the City Council, including Manhattan’s Corey Johnson and Brooklyn’s Carlos Menchaca; and Bianca del Rio, winner of the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on Logo.

Laverne Cox and Delores Nettles. | DONNA ACETO

Laverne Cox and Delores Nettles. | DONNA ACETO

Dykes on Bikes lead the march. | DONNA ACETO

Dykes on Bikes lead the march. | DONNA ACETO

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray. | DONNA ACETO

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray. | DONNA ACETO

Frankie J. Alvarez and Jonathan Groff. | MICHAEL LUONGO

Frankie J. Alvarez and Jonathan Groff. | MICHAEL LUONGO

Governor Andrew Cuomo. | DONNA ACETO

Governor Andrew Cuomo. | DONNA ACETO

 

The march reaches the Stonewall Inn. | MICHAEL LUONGO

The march reaches the Stonewall Inn. | MICHAEL LUONGO

Councilman Corey Johnson. | DONNA ACETO

Councilman Corey Johnson. | DONNA ACETO

Bianca del Rio. | MICHAEL LUONGO

Bianca del Rio. | MICHAEL LUONGO

 

Councilman Carlos Menchaca. | MICHAEL LUONGO

Councilman Carlos Menchaca. | MICHAEL LUONGO

 

Latino Pride on Parade. | MICHAEL LUONGO

Latino Pride on Parade. | MICHAEL LUONGO

A Fifth Avenue flourish. | DONNA ACETO

A Fifth Avenue flourish. | DONNA ACETO

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