Celebration, defiance mix at New York City gay pride parade

For the second consecutive year uniformed Toronto police will not be permitted to march in the Pride parade

For the second consecutive year uniformed Toronto police will not be permitted to march in the Pride parade

It's the last full weekend of June, so that means it's time for San Francisco Pride weekend.

According to the SF Pride website, "the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation", which is not an understatement. "We all bring our own definition of what it's like to be a queer woman and to be a dyke in this community and this is a moment of being able to express that", sister Yeshe Did said.

New York City Pride March on June 24, 2018 in New York City.

As well, marchers dressed in black followed behind the main parade in what organizers called the Until We're Safe march as a tribute to members of the community who were lost as well as those who fell unsafe in the community. Crews put barricades up on Saturday to get streets ready for closures. At least two million people were expected as the 49th annual Pride March made its way through Midtown and Greenwich Village Sunday.

"There are still tensions with the police and I believe that dialogue has to continue to happen and that it will resolve with respect from both sides, but those things are part of the context of moving us forward as a province and as a city, and I'm happy to be here and part of that positive revolution", Horwath said.

Current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo - the man Nixon is hoping to unseat - was also at the parade, wearing a white button-down shirt as he marched alongside his wife.

More than 240 contingents, including floats, groups and other participants, are taking part. To coincide with the event, a NY state memorial to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that honors victims of intolerance opened to the public on Sunday.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King was one of the grand marshals, along with transgender advocate Tyler Ford and civil rights organization Lambda Legal.

"The LGBTQ community needs celebrations like this and ways to come together when we face hard situations, which is exactly what we've been facing", he said. Security was tight, with barricades up along the march route on Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street. Placed in Hudson River Park, it has nine boulders with pieces of glass installed in them that can act as prisms and reflect rainbows in sunlight.

This year's theme - defiantly different. It was designed by artist Anthony Goicolea, of Brooklyn.

March organizers plan to honor community heroes, including Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor Emma Gonzales.