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NYC Pride March celebrates federal ruling of same-sex marriage

Posted at 12:44 PM, Jun 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-29 12:39:27-04

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.

Is that a guy or a gal being observed by a duty-conscious police officer?  Or does it matter?  Sexy is in the eye of the beholder.  (Sam H. Shirakawa)

Is that a guy or a gal being observed by a duty-conscious police officer? Or does it matter? Sexy is in the eye of the beholder. (Sam H. Shirakawa)

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.

A lot of pride went into making this medieval rainbow harlequin outfit.  It's custom-made, so you won't find it at Brooks Brothers. (Sam H. Shirakawa)

A lot of pride went into making this medieval rainbow harlequin outfit. It’s custom-made, so you won’t find it at Brooks Brothers. (Sam H. Shirakawa)

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.