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Millions of spectators gather every year for New York's Gay Pride March.

The Gay Pride March NYC Pride March is an annual March more commonly referred to as the Parade in New York City, traversing southward down Fifth Avenue and ending at Greenwich Village. The March passes by the site of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, location of the 1969 police raid which launched the modern Gay Rights Movement.[1]

The first NYC Gay Pride March was held in 1970 and is the oldest gay pride parade.[2] The March has been and will continued to be called a March not a Parade until there is full equality for the LGBTQ community.[3]

The March, PrideFest (the festival) and the Dance on the Pier are the main events of Pride Week in New York City Gay Pride Week. Since 1984, Heritage of Pride (HOP) has been the producer and organizer of Pride Events in New York City.[4]

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Heritage of Pride

The parade's organizer, Heritage of Pride (HOP), is a wholly volunteer-managed, non-partisan, tax-exempt, non-profit organization that organizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride events in New York City to commemorate the Stonewall riots. HOP is one of the few LGBT organizations that is run at the grass-roots level. HOP welcomes the participation of all, regardless of age, creed, gender, gender identification, HIV status, national origin, physical, mental or developmental ability, race, or religion.

2008 NYC Pride March

The 2008 Grand Marshals of the NYC Pride March where Gilbert Baker and Candice Cayne. New York Governor David A. Paterson and Senator Charles Schumer [5] & NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg (among other elected officials) were enthusiastically greeted at the 2008 March for their participation in the March.[6] Noticeably absent from the 2008 NYC Pride March was then NY Senator and Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.

Stonewall 40

2009 marks the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. Accordingly, HOP in conjunction with NYC local government is promoting the event and for people from around the world to attend. The March committee, tasked with producing the iconic March down 5th Ave., is planning the biggest celebration yet.

2009 Grand Marshals for the NYC LGBT Pride March

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