Donna Aceto's LGBT Pride March Diary

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | Once again this year, the LGBT Pride March provided a fascinating picture of the community.

Commitment and love were themes seen everywhere:

Protection of the community's youth was the message from a good number of march contingents.

Naturally, many other causes are promoted during the march –– from AIDS healthcare to gay history to opposition to fracking.

In addition to Connie Kopelov and Phyllis Siegel, the parade's other grand marshals were Cyndi Lauper, whose True Colors Foundation fights against bigotry, bullying, and harassment directed at LGBTQ youth and others, and Chris Salgardo, the out gay president of Kiehl's.

And, of course, hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators turned out Sunday to just have fun –– at the parade and afterward.