On the final day of Pride, the city went wild. Yes, there were still calls from marchers and spectators to Abolish ICE, Support Trans Rights, and other immediately relevant and vital political issues, but for the most part Sunday's enormous Pride March—one of the largest on the planet, with some two million in attendance—was a non-stop party.
The politicians were out in force, of course, with gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon getting showered with the most love from the huge crowds, which she answered by spending the day running up and down the barriers and reaching out to everyone in sight. Speaker Corey Johnson also never stopped moving, dancing with abandon to a mix of disco classics blasting from the City Council float. Johnson was joined at one point by Attorney General hopeful/Public Advocate Letitia James, who is also no slouch in the moving-to-the-rhythm department.
— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) June 24, 2018
State Senator Brad Holyman marched with his husband and young daughter. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Chuck Schumer (who announced his daughter's engagement to her girlfriend during the march), Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Borough Presidents Gale Brewer and Melinda Katz were among the many other public figures on hand. Tennis legend Billie Jean King rode up in front of the six-hour long march as one of the Grand Marshals.
Also on hand for the march: Some of the stars of the Netflix's rebooted Queer Eye for the Straight Guy:
WE JUST SAW JONATHAN I LOVE HIM WHAT THE FUCK pic.twitter.com/NG3mJGA8o9
— 𝕙𝕦𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣 / @ 𝕡𝕣𝕚𝕕𝕖 🌈 (@hurryuphunter) June 24, 2018
Went to NYC for Pride and guess who saw Tan France, from the new Queer eye, walking down the street. Poor guy was pestered by every march-goer and was just trying to talk on the phone. Not wanting to bother him more but being such a big fan and really wanting a pic, I stealthfully ran like a mad man in front of him so I could snap back and snag the shot. #pride #nyc #gay #queereye #tanfrance #nofilter #candid
Oh, and Lady Gaga said hi:
The route was new this year, starting down Seventh Avenue from 16th Street, heading east on Christopher and Eighth Streets, then looping back uptown via Fifth Avenue to 29th Street. The reason cited for the change was to spend more time on the wider avenues, in anticipation of next year's WorldPride celebration and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot, which sparked the Gay Rights, then Pride, movements. Either way, the crowds yesterday were as massive as they've been in recent memory, both on the streets and on the sidelines, and the march seemed to hold up fine.
— Reid Patrick (@hoodietoons) June 24, 2018