NEW YORK (PIX11) — More than 1 million people participated in the City’s 2014 Annual Pride Parade.
There was a lot to celebrate this year for the LGBT community, including the federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
“Yesterday’s struggle is today’s heritage” was the theme of this years parade and “Orange is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox, who is also transgender, was one of the Grand Marshals.
The festivities come just days after a Federal Appeals Court ruled for the first time that gay couples have a Constitutional right to marry.
The parade also coincided with the 45th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn Riots, which is considered to be the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in the U.S.
Once a small, sexually daring protest, the Pride Parade is now a larger, more family friendly celebration, and mainstream companies are joining in to support the cause.
This years parade saw more corporate sponsorships than ever before.