PHOTOS: Thousands turn out for NYC Pride Parade 2016

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NEW YORK — Thousands of people stood along Fifth Avenue waving rainbow flags as they watched the NYC Pride Parade.

The annual gay pride parade began with a moment of silence for the victims of the massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub.

Authorities have ramped up security at pride parades around the country. In New York City, thousands of officers were lining the route, along with plainclothes officers in the crowd.

Along with honoring the Orlando shooting victims, the parades are marking a celebratory milestone: President Barack Obama on Friday designated the site around New York City’s Stonewall Inn as the first national monument to gay rights.

Governor Cuomo also announced Sunday before the parade that a new monument will be created in honor of the 49 victims killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Two weeks ago Sunday, 49 people died in Orlando after a gunman stormed the nightclub and began firing.