Pride Lasts All Night in Brooklyn

Following a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon festival on Prospect Park West, Brooklyn Pride hosted the nation’s oldest nighttime LGBT parade on Saturday evening, June 9, across Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue commercial district.

The parade was led by the Dykes on Bikes

and organizers of the day’s festivities.

Among others on hand were youth from the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing and social services for LGBTQ homeless youth

and from Gay Men of African Descent, which does HIV prevention work

one very animated drummer

and a festive crew from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who is competing in the June 26 Democratic primary for an open congressional seat in Brooklyn, marched on behalf of legislators who supported marriage equality in Albany.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation was on hand with its Condom-Nation HIV testing and free condom distribution truck, ensuring that health awareness was integrated into the festivities.

Prior to the parade, Brooklyn’s Lambda Independent Democrats honored Brooklyn-Queens Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, who faces a Democratic primary challenge on June 26, and State Senator Daniel Squadron (with beard and glasses) with Melissa Sklarz, Matthew McMorrow, Carlos Menchaca, and Michael Czazckes (this picture courtesy of LID).