Pride parade NYC: Photos of the 2018 march through Manhattan

By staff

Revelers at the NYC Pride March -- the 49th annual -- on Sunday celebrated their individuality in defiance.

More than 48,000 marchers and about 100 colorful floats flowed down a new parade route, passing by the historic Stonewall Inn, while about 2 million spectators lined the streets.

This year's theme, "Defiantly Different," was meant to be an "unflinching stance" in response to the Trump administration's treatment of the LGBTQ+ community, organizers said.

Scroll down for scenes from the march.

Marchers of all colors parade down the street.

One participant wings it in a unique costume.

Another shows up in a diaphanous outfit.


Marchers walk under a rainbow of balloons on Fifth Avenue.

Billie Jean King, the grand marshal, rides down in a car.

A younger marcher bears a message for everyone.

Another displays a wild, floral attire.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his girlfriend Sandra Lee march to show their support.

The costumes and flags are a riot of color.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer greets spectators along the parade route.

Some like it hot pink.

Many speak their minds -- in word and color.

Children march in pride, too.

More participants celebrate in pink.

Spectators cheer in the West Village.

Confetti is fired at the start of the march.

A beaming spectator on Christopher Street.

Friendly waves from an apartment on Christopher Street.

Confetti showers at the start of the march.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's first lady Chirlane McCray take part in the parade.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo marches.

Guests attend the V8 Pride Fest #V8energy.

A dog attends the V8 Pride Fest.

Rainbows everywhere, even in her hair.

Parade revelers are wrapped in color.

A marcher shows the proud look.

This marcher makes a statement -- without a sound.

The balloons say it all for this marcher.

Another packs a punch with pink boxing gloves that sparkle.

Drag queens marched, too.

Some opted for masks.

A duo glide away on a Segway.

Colorful costumes dominated the celebration.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson dances during NYC Pride March.

Cynthia Nixon marches in the pride parade on Fifth Avenue.

A shimmering green marcher passes by revelers.

Spectators cheer on Christopher Street.

Incredible costumes and floats, sometimes a mix of both, roll down the parade route.

A marcher waves flags as they parade down the street.

A motorcyclist decked out in flags rides down the street.

A Girl Scout honors a member of the transgender community.

This motorcyclist brought out bears to celebrate the day.

Revelers cheer on the marchers.

The 2018 NYC Pride March -- themed "Defiantly Different" -- kicks off in Manhattan on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

A participant is ready for the start of the 2018 NYC Pride March.

Motorcyclists prepare for the march.

This motorcyclist is keeping the theme in mind with a "Resist" poster.

One reveler skates to the march.

Motorcyclists take off.

"Peace" and "love" are their messages at Pride March.