Pride celebrations continue in New York City leading up to Sunday’s march

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THE NEW YORK Before the march on Sunday, Pride Weekend events are taking place all across New York City.

After being postponed due to COVID last year, the Harlem Pride Festival took place on Saturday afternoon.

Families could get food and entertainment from the vendors that lined 12th Avenue between 135th and 138th Streets. Additionally, there were two performance stages with live music.

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The occasion serves as a venue for welcoming and informing the neighborhood about the LGBTQ+ community.

On Saturday early in the morning, Central Park hosted the 41st Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run.

More than 7,000 runners took to the streets to run four kilometers through the park to commemorate Pride Weekend despite the heat.

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This year, Sylvia’s Place, which assists LGBTQ+ adolescents in need in the city, benefited financially from the event.

Additionally on Saturday, Bryant Park hosted the 30th Annual Dyke March.

The Annual Drag March began in Tompkins Square Park on Friday and proceeded to the Stonewall Inn. In 1994, a protest march was organized when the main march prohibited drag queens out of concern for its corporate sponsors.

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The march on Sunday begins at noon at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, travels through the famed Stonewall Inn, and ends in Chelsea. Planned Parenthood will lead the march, it was revealed on Saturday.

The following security statement was given by the NYPD:

“The festivities and celebrations surrounding Pride month in New York City each June are significantly and intricately overlaid by the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism efforts. The department’s Intelligence Bureau also closely watches all pertinent streams of real-time intelligence as they pertain to domestic violent extremists or international terrorist organisations. This level of readiness and knowledge has been developed through time and informed by several incidents, including the deadly terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, six years ago, and ISIS’s targeting of LGB&T individuals for terrorism and hate crimes. The NYPD has maintained an ever-vigilant alert posture in these situations as these realities have become apparent.”

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“Unapologetically Us” is the theme for this year. According to the organizers, the pandemic had an impact because it reset society and made individuals reassess their priorities.

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