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Michael Luongo Gay Pride NYC 2015

Young people enthusiastically marched down Fifth Avenue. | MICHAEL LUONGO

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO & MICHAEL LUONGO | Despite occasional drizzles, New York’s LGBT community, on June 28, staged the largest Pride March in memory, running roughly eight hours from the initial noon step-off at 36th Street until the final contingents arrived in the West Village.

Grand marshals Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen. | DONNA ACETO

Grand marshals Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen. | DONNA ACETO

Longtime couples. | DONNA ACETO

Longtime couples. | DONNA ACETO

ACT UP New York brings persistent commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic to the parade. | DONNA ACETO

ACT UP New York brought its persistent commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic to the parade. | DONNA ACETO

The captain. | MICHAEL LUONGO

The captain. | MICHAEL LUONGO

Michael Luongo Gay Pride NYC 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by his family, First Lady Chirlane McCray, daughter Chiara, and son Dante. | MICHAEL LUONGO

 

Butterflies are free.   MICHAEL LUONGO

Butterflies are free.MICHAEL LUONGO

Pride is fundamental to our lives. | DONNA ACETO

Pride is fundamental to our lives. | DONNA ACETO

Rainbows were everywhere. | MICHEL LUONGO

Rainbows were everywhere. | MICHEL LUONGO

The City Council’s only married gay member, Jimmy Van Bramer (l.) of Sunnyside, Queens, marched with his husband Dan Hendrick.

The City Council’s only married gay member, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (l.) of Sunnyside, Queens, marched with his husband Dan Hendrick.

Ian McKellen waves a huge hello to the crowd. | DONNA ACETO

Ian McKellen waves a huge hello to the crowd. | DONNA ACETO

Two faces of pride. | MICHAEL LUONGO

Two faces of pride. | MICHAEL LUONGO

Singer and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess. | DONNA ACETO

Singer and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess. | DONNA ACETO

PHOTO: MICHAEL LUONGO

PHOTO: MICHAEL LUONGO

PHOTO: DONNA ACETO

PHOTO: DONNA ACETO

Michael Luongo Gay Pride NYC 2015

PHOTO: MICHAEL LUONGO

 

PHOTO: MICHAEL LUONGO

PHOTO: MICHAEL LUONGO

Looking forward to 2016. | DONNA ACETO

Looking forward to 2016. | DONNA ACETO

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