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NEW YORK — It’s the 50th anniversary of the first pride march held in 1970, but because of the pandemic it will be nothing like last year’s sea of more than 1 million parade participants, marching down Fifth Avenue for close to 12 hours.

This year’s Pride will be a virtual march.

“Pride is 365,” Marti Gould Cummings, a board member of the Ali Forney Center, told PIX11 News. “We just happen to celebrate it on the anniversary of Stonewall, June 28 but for a virtual march there will people and performances to amplify the Black Lives Matter movement.”

It was a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 that sparked days of protests and riots that gave birth to the gay rights movement.

The Stonewall Inn, like so many bars and restaurants, has been facing tough financial times, but two GoFundMe pages have turned things around.

“This is the most important time to be open so we can be safe for everyone to enjoy,” Melissa Driscoll, Stonewall Inn event manager, told PIX11 News. “The GoFundMe is something we need to have a safe space,” she added.

Those gathering in front of Stonewall tonight were filled with pride.

“It’s very very meaningful for people to stay visible and connected as long as they stay safe,” Michael Musto, longtime Village Voice columnist, told PIX11 News.

Luckily, you don’t have to be out in the streets to celebrate, one protester told us.

“Pride is on the inside. It is not something you visibly see,” Matthew Marcott told PIX11 News. “It something you keep with you everywhere,” he added.

A one-thousand foot high rainbow light installation for Pride in front of the Stonewall Inn will shine all night.

“The lights are paying tribute and honoring those who started the LGBTQ rights movement right here in New York City, esodvially our transgendered people of color trailblazers,” Bridgit Kasperski, a spokesperson for the light installation sponsored by Kind, told PIX11 News. “We are honoring them as well as inspiring the next generation to come to us the battle,” she added.

There will also be a Queer Liberation March from Foley Square to Washington Square at 1 p.m. Sunday.