By Wendy Lu June 26, 2016 New Yorkers kicked off the 46th annual Pride March with colorful leis around their necks, rainbow flags tucked under their shirts and tie-dye socks hugging their ankles.
The parade is the biggest one in history, with a record 32,000 marchers.
The owner of Pulse, Barbara Poma, and manager, Neema Bahrami, rode on the lead float as honored guests of NYC Pride.
"This parade is New York City saying defiantly, we will stand up to hatred, we will stand up to those who try to undermine our values." Among the 32,000 marchers in this year's parade, several wore beautiful, wild costumes — from an archer clad in silver armor to Uncle Sam in stockings and sparkly heels.
"I'm here to remind everybody of how beautiful they are as they are, and to take a good look at themselves and their friends," said Smith, a Brooklynite and first-time marcher with Community Board 6.