New York City's 46th annual Gay Pride March

  • Two people kiss in front of the Stonewall Inn while watching the NYC Pride Parade in N.Y., June 26, 2016. 
  •  A view of marchers with a rainbow flag during the New York City Pride March on June 26, 2016 in New York City. 
  • Participant of the NYC Gay Pride March in New York City, June 26, 2016. 
  • People march with a tribute to Orlando sign during the New York City Pride March on June 26, 2016 in New York City. 
  • A parade participant sits on Fifth Avenue waiting for start of the New York City Pride Parade on June 26, 2016, in N.Y. 
  • Participant walking in NYC Gay Pride March, June 26, 2016, in N.Y. 
  • People line the sidewalk during the 46th annual Gay Pride March, June 26, 2016 in N.Y. 
  • People carrying images of those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting walk as part of a vigil during the 46th annual Gay Pride March, June 26, 2016 in N.Y. 
  • A festival goer with dogs during the New York City Pride March on June 26, 2016 in New York City. 
  • Participants ride motorcycles while waving flags at NYC Gay Pride March on June 26, 2016. 
  • A married couple smile at the crowd as they march in New York City Pride March, June 26, 2016 in New York City. 
  • Participants march with colorful ballons at the New York City Pride March, June 26, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets people as she marches with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 46th annual New York City Gay Pride Parade in N.Y., June 26, 2016. 
  • Participants walk during the New York City Pride Parade on June 26, 2016, in New York City. 
  • People take part in the annual NYC Pride March in New York City, N.Y., June 26, 2016.
  • Parade participants ride on motocycles during the New York City Pride March on 5th Avenue, June 26, 2016 in New York City. 
  • A heavily armed police officer stands in the street near the parade route of the New York City Pride Parade on June 26, 2016, in New York City. 
  • People take part in the annual NYC Pride March in New York City, N.Y., June 26, 2016. 
  • People wear colored socks at the annual NYC Pride March on June 26, 2016 in New York City, N.Y.
  • Police officers listen to a briefing before the start of the NYC Pride March in N.Y., June 26, 2016. 
  • A person wearing a rainbow drape runs on Fifth Avenue before the New York City Pride Parade, June 26, 2016, in New York City. 

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In 1970, the first Gay Pride March took place in New York City. The event took place one year after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, and community members fought back. This year’s march is expected to be the biggest in its 46-year history, taking place two days after President Barack Obama designated the Stonewall as a national monument. “Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights,” President Obama said in a YouTube video released by the White House Thursday. “I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country – the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us, that we are stronger together, that out of many, we are one.”

The 2016 event also marks the first anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that made same-sex marriage legal across the United States.

This year’s march comes after an attack at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse that killed 49 people and injured 53 others. The owner of Pulse, Barbara Poma, and the club’s manager, Neema Bahrami, will ride on the lead float in New York, and the names of those lost in the June 12 shooting will be read aloud.

Police officials expect this year’s crowd to be significantly larger than 2015, when 1.6 million people attended the march. Grand marshals for 2016 are Jazz Jennings, the youngest grand marshal in New York’s history and a prominent voice for the transgender community; Subhi Nahas, a Syrian advocate and refugee who published the first LGBT magazine in Syria; and Cecilia Chung, an internationally recognized advocate who helped organize one of the world’s first annual transgender events.

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