Thousands fill streets of Manhattan to celebrate gay pride, honor Orlando shooting victims

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NEW YORK — It was the biggest Heritage of Pride Parade in New York City History. More than 32,000 people marched Sunday.

It's estimated that there were two-million spectators at the 46th annual parade.

And while it was filled with excitement, there was also sadness.

There was a moment of silence before the parade kicked off down Fifth Avenue. It honored the 49 people killed in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

"I think this is a great thing that we're able to  come together and that we're able to heal together. And this pride is going to mean more than ever before," Veronica Feliciano said. She and her wife and son came to the event from Florida. They marched in honor of those who died.

Thousands of rainbow flags filled the parade route, as people danced and cheered.

"We couldn’t have asked for a better day. It's a celebration love, life and happiness and equality." Bronx resident Luis Roldan said.

Local elected officials marched, including the mayor and governor.

Presumptive Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance, waiving as she walked in a crush of security.

From the politicians to the people of New York, the message was clear.

"This will not only be a celebration of love, it will be a rejection of hate," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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