Scenes from Pride parades across the country

  • Participants carry a huge rainbow flag during the 2015 New York City Pride march on June 28, 2015 in N.Y.
  • Erik Sudduth hugs Sam Branman after proposing to him during the Gay Pride Parade on June 28, 2015 in New York, N.Y.
  • A participant marches in the Gay Pride Parade on June 28, 2015 in New York City.
  • Participants dance during the 2015 New York City Pride march in N.Y. on June 28, 2015.
  • A member of the Indonesian LGBT society of New York marches in the Gay Pride Parade in New York City on June 28, 2015 in New York City.
  • Paulo Torres, left, dances with his husband, Victor Tsang, right, after the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif.
  • People wave rainbow flags during the annual NYC Gay Pride parade in New York City on June 28, 2015.
  • Actors Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi wave to the crowd as they attend as grand marshals during the annual Gay Pride parade in NYC on June 28, 2015.
  • Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo participates in the annual 2015 New York City Pride March in Manhattan, N.Y. on June 28, 2015.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane, and daughter Chiara de Blasio march down 5th Ave during the annual Gay Pride Parade in NYC on June 28, 2015.
  • David Turley, left, places a wedding band on his husband Peter Thiede, during their marriage ceremony on June 28, 2015 in front of New York’s Stonewall Inn as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center background, officiates.
  • People march in the annual NYC Gay Pride parade in New York City on June 28, 2015.
  • A couple kiss while they arrive to take part in the annual Gay Pride parade in NYC on June 28, 2015.
  • Participants march in the Gay Pride Parade on June 28, 2015 in New York City.
  • A couple carry an American flag and a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride parade in NYC on June 28, 2015.
  • Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts prepare to lead marchers while waving flags at the 41st annual Pride Parade on June 28, 2015, in Seattle, Wash.
  • Christian Vidaure, left, Darrell Hardaway, and Jasmine Haygood, right, perform during the 45th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade on June 28, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif.
  • Participants ride in a golf cart during the annual PrideFest parade in St. Louis, Mo. on June 28, 2015.
  • Spectators cheer and watch the annual PrideFest parade in St. Louis, Mo. on June 28, 2015.
  • Spectators wave rainbow colored flags and watch the annual PrideFest parade in St. Louis, Mo. on June 28, 2015.

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Millions of people are expected to take part part in day-long pride parades, marches and festivities in major cities across the country just two days after the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a right nationwide. 

The Pride March in New York City has been going on for 45 years to commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots that took place in 1969, but this year’s parade is especially historic following the landmark ruling. 

The march, which kicked off at noon, is expected to draw record crowds during its two-mile route down Fifth Avenue, with 22,000 marchers, 344 groups and over two million spectators. Around 300 floats will be featured, which will be judged in various categories, including best dressed, most original, best use of rainbow colors and best representation of the LGBT community. 

Before the start of the march, Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed supporters in front of The Stonewall Inn, where over three decades ago, gay community members fought back after police raids, igniting the tumultuous fight for LGBT rights that continues today. He declared a “proud day for America.”

“Equality is not a choice. Equality is a promise,” Cuomo said, adding “My friends, today is a good day. Because at the end of the day, love wins today. And any day that love wins, is a good day.”

In New York City’s flatiron district, 10 blocks south of the parade’s start, revelers danced down Fifth Avenue to the sounds of Bruno Mars and Madonna, waving rainbow flags and chanting, “All 50 states.” Sir Ian Mckellen served as one of this year’s grand marshals, and refused to let a little rain dampen the mood.

“It’s a lovely day,” the British actor, dressed all in white (save for his rainbow sash,) yelled to the cheering crowd.

Veteran marchers said this year’s parade felt more powerful than any other pride parade in history.

“This may be the greatest day for a parade in New York City ever,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer told msnbc. “My two little boys are never going to have to worry about who they love, what they love, what they believe in. We have changed things not just for our generation, but for the children who come after us. It’s an amazing day for this country.”

 

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