New York City has been proud for quite some time.
NYC Pride March, the world's largest LGBTQ pride celebration, kicked off in 1970 as the Christopher Street Liberation Day march. The annual march commemorates the Stonewall riots of 1969, which happened at the now-iconic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.
The Pride March has been going strong for nearly 50 years now, with the 2018 parade coming through Manhattan on June 24. Scroll down to see photos from past marches through the years.
Marchers make their way up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan at the Pride Parade on June 28, 1981.
A mom marches during the Gay Pride Parade in Manhattan on June 28, 1981.
Members of the group NYC Parents of Lesbians and Gay Men march along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan at the Gay Pride Parade on June 28, 1981.
A general view of the NYC Pride March on Fifth Avenue is pictured on June 30, 1985.
Spectators watch the NYC Pride March on June 29, 1986, from outside of the New York Public Library.
Marchers pass anti-gay protesters near St. Patrick's Cathedral during the NYC Pride March on June 29, 1986.
On June 29, 1986, marchers in the NYC Pride March exchange words with two Lyndon LaRouche supporters who were insulting parade participants. Lyndon LaRouche had called for the registration and quarantining of those suffering from or carrying the AIDS virus. LaRouche had gained enough signatures in California to force a vote in the state's November election.
Marchers make their way down Fifth Avenue on June 28, 1987, for the annual NYC Pride March.
An overview of the crowd at the rally on Christopher and West streets at the end of the NYC Pride March on June 28, 1987.
NYC Pride marchers head down Fifth Avenue on June 26, 1988.
Gay rights activists representing the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center dance down Fifth Avenue on June 25, 1989.
Squire Bergen marches in the NYC Pride March with a bottle of AZT, the medication he takes to survive, taped to his overalls. Mayor Ed Koch is seen in the background. About 1,000 gay men, lesbians and their supporters re-enacted one of the first gay rights marches in New York City on June 25, 1989. The group marched more than 60 blocks through Manhattan to protest the government's AIDS policy and violence against homosexuals.
Members of the group ACT UP, or AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, lie in the middle of Fifth Avenue during the NYC Pride March on June 24, 1990.
Mayor David Dinkins walks in the NYC Pride March on June 24, 1990.
Members of the Gay Asians Group perform for spectators at the NYC Pride March on June 30, 1991.
Members of the Gay Veterans Association carry a large American flag down Fifth Avenue during the NYC Pride March on June 27, 1993.
Lesbian members of the Sirens Women's Motorcycle Club prepare to lead off the NYC Pride March on New York's Fifth Avenue on June 27, 1999. This is also the 30th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot, marking the beginning of the gay political movement.
Two men dance on a float along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan during the annual NYC Pride March in New York City on June 25, 2000.
A group of motorcyclists commence the 31st annual NYC Pride March on June 24, 2001.
New York City police officer Miguel Montalvo marches in the annual NYC Pride March on June 30, 2002, in New York City.
Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) waves to the crowd as he walks with John Kerry supporters during the NYC Pride March on June 27, 2004, in New York City.
Men in drag wearing sashes walk down Christopher Street during the NYC Pride March on June 26, 2005, in New York City.
Sen. Chuck Schumer is seen during the 2006 NYC Pride March along Fifth Avenue on June 25, 2006, in New York City.
Participants wear "attention needed" T-shirts and march in the NYC Pride March on June 24, 2007, in New York City.
A couple on their motorcycle make a statement about the contentious issue of gay marriage while participating in the annual NYC Pride March on June 28, 2009, in New York City. The 2009 march commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which erupted after a police raid on the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in 1969.
Revelers kiss following the NYC Pride March on June 26, 2011, in New York City. The parade took on extra significance following the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, often regarded as the birthplace of the gay rights movement.
Revelers kiss in front of the Stonewall Inn during the NYC Pride March on June 24, 2012 in New York City.
Edie Windsor rides through Manhattan in the Pride Parade on June 30, 2013.
Grand Marshal Laverne Cox, left, and Delores Nettles, mother of slain transgender woman Islan Nettles, attend the 2014 NYC Pride March on June 29, 2014, in New York City.
Mayor Bill de Blasio marches in the NYC Pride March on June 28, 2015, in New York City. The parade ran two days after the Supreme Court's landmark decision guaranteeing nationwide gay marriage rights.
Barbara Poma, center, the owner of Orlando's Pulse nightclub, rides on a float during the 2016 New York City Pride March on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The parade paid tribute to the 49 killed in the shooting at Pulse on June 12.
Wonder Woman strikes a pose during the 46th annual New York City Pride March along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on June 26, 2016.
Members of Gays Against Guns march during the 46th annual Gay Pride march June 26, 2016 in New York.
Grand Marshal Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender NYFD firefighter, leads thousands down Fifth Avenue during on June 25, 2017.
Thousands march down Fifth Avenue during the Pride March on June 25, 2017.
Marchers are pretty in pink at the parade on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
Spectators in an apartment on Christopher Street wave to friends on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
One spectator with rainbows on her cheeks cheers on Christopher Street on Sunday, June 24, 2018.