That’s a wrap on another Pride in New York City: the 2017 Pride March hit the streets of Manhattan yesterday, bringing millions of spectators along with it (and likely more watching at home; the march was broadcast on TV for the first time in its 48-year history).
As Gothamist notes, this year’s festivities took on a distinctly political note, with “numerous protest groups, including Gays Against Guns, Black Lives Matter, [and] the ACLU/NYCLU” leading the march. Many New York politicians, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, members of the City Council, and Public Advocate Letitia James, also showed up to celebrate (and, according to Gothamist, state senator Brad Hoylman handed out copies of the Constitution to those on the sidelines).
There was also plenty of partying, as evidenced by the many photos of the march and its aftermath that popped up on Instagram the day of; from costumed revelers (including chickens) to giant balloon displays, here are some of the ways New Yorkers celebrated the weekend.
The march kicked off in Midtown and wound its way down Fifth Avenue, before heading into the West Village.
The streets around the Stonewall Inn (now part of the Stonewall National Monument), where the modern LGBT rights movement began in the aftermath of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, were packed:
The most popular spot on Instagram was almost certainly Squarespace’s West Village headquarters, which featured a rainbow-colored balloon installation created by the artist Geronimo:
New York City landmarks also lit up for Pride:
At the New York City AIDS Memorial in the West Village, people left flowers on the central water feature in tribute to the New Yorkers who’ve died as a result of the disease.
And the streets around Stonewall got a rainbow makeover in honor of the weekend:
And plenty of pets (and a chicken?) got in on the Pride celebrations, too:
And the whole thing ended with fireworks at Pridefest on the Hudson River waterfront later that night. Here’s to a successful Pride!