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Major Changes For This Sunday's NYC Pride March Route

Courtesy of NYC Pride
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Courtesy of NYC Pride

The NYPD has worked with NYC Pride organizers to create a new route for Sunday's pride parade. Instead of proceeding south through Midtown and the West Village as in previous years, this year's march will begin at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue, traveling south along Seventh before turning east on Christopher Street and Eighth Street, and then proceeding uptown along Fifth Avenue, ending at 29th Street.

Here's a map.

The change in route is in anticipation of next year's WorldPride celebration, which will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Organizers are expecting record-breaking attendance, and as such have worked with the NYPD to modify the parade route for this year, a DCPI press release reports.

As usual, uniformed and plainclothes officers will be assigned to work the parade. And while few in the LGBTQ community seemed to have an objection to the actual change in route, many took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the involvement of the NYPD in pride celebrations.

Not everyone objected to a police presence; some Twitter users cited the Pulse shootings as reason to tolerate law enforcement during the festivities.

The change in route comes as part of several other controversial adjustments to the 2018 pride celebration (including limits on number of marchers and vehicles per contingent), after last year's parade lasted more than nine hours. Critics claim that barricades and required wristbands can limit the number of spontaneous marchers. Also, during last year's parade, 12 people were arrested outside the Stonewall Inn for protesting the increased police involvement and what some say is the corporatization of the march.

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