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.
Cops should have no part in Pride
— josh - marsiswaiting (@jortle) June 22, 2018
NO COPS AT PRIDE. Cops DO NOT belong at Pride as they continue to harass, arrest, and murder queer people! NYC arrests trans women FOR HAVING CONDOMS ON THEM.
FUCK OFF. #NoCopsAtPridehttps://t.co/wR0ETcGrTA
— Lucian Clark (@TinyAwoo) June 21, 2018
- cops are not allowed at pride
- off duty cops are not allowed at pride
- queer cops are not allowed at pride
- no. cops. at. pride.
— Queenie 🌕 (@queer_queenie) May 30, 2018
🚫🛃 No NYPD at NYC Pride 🦄🌈#NYCPride #NYCPride2018 #LGBTQ community marching with 🛃cops is Blasphemous.
Harvey Milk gotta be rolling over in their graves.
StayWoke LGBTQ community @Direct7E
— Direct7 (@Direct7E) June 22, 2018
Not everyone objected to a police presence; some Twitter users cited the Pulse shootings as reason to tolerate law enforcement during the festivities.
After Pulse, fuck that shit. I want cops at Pride. Especially with all the people who attend. I expect to see NY’s finest at this year’s NYC Pride Parade.
That’s all. https://t.co/HTCcavWus8
— Danisha Freeman 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@DanishaFreeman) May 28, 2018
Just saw a post saying "NO COPS AT PRIDE" and wow cops tend to be bad fucking people, I've seen it first hand, but holy shit we would have no security. As someone who's going to Boston AND NYC pride I don't wanna fucking uhhh die.
— West Virginia Bass Boosted @ NYC Pride (@PossiblySeyton) May 25, 2018
At NYC pride I’ve seen cops handle extremely intoxicated assholes, stopping people from hopping the barricades into the parade itself (a disruption and safety hazard), keep traffic around it going, keep threats away, keep it organized etc... soo.... Idk queen
— fleur (@angrytwink) May 30, 2018
Seriously, cops are super friendly at the NYC pride, and add a sense of security. Unpopular opinion??
— edwin 🏳️🌈 (@edwintalks) May 30, 2018
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.