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NYC Pride March through the years, in photos

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.

This year's Pride March commemorates 50 years since the Stonewall uprising. Scroll down to see photos from past marches through the years.

Marchers make their way up Fifth Avenue in
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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
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A mom marches during the Gay Pride Parade in Manhattan on June 28, 1981.

Members of the group NYC Parents of Lesbians
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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.

1985

A view of the NYC Pride March on
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A view of the NYC Pride March on Fifth Avenue on June 30, 1985.

1986

Spectators watch the NYC Pride March on June
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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
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Marchers pass anti-gay protesters near St. Patrick's Cathedral during the NYC Pride March on June 29, 1986.

On June 29, 1986, people in the NYC
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On June 29, 1986, people 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.

1987

Marchers make their way down Fifth Avenue on
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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
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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.

1988

NYC Pride marchers head down Fifth Avenue on
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NYC Pride marchers head down Fifth Avenue on June 26, 1988.

1989

Gay rights activists representing the Lesbian and Gay
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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
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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.

1990

Members of the group ACT UP, or AIDS
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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
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Mayor David Dinkins walks in the NYC Pride March on June 24, 1990.

1991

Members of the Gay Asians Group perform for
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Members of the Gay Asians Group perform for spectators at the NYC Pride March on June 30, 1991.

1993

Members of the Gay Veterans Association carry a
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Members of the Gay Veterans Association carry a large American flag down Fifth Avenue during the NYC Pride March on June 27, 1993.

1999

Lesbian members of the Sirens Women's Motorcycle Club
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Lesbian members of the Sirens Women's Motorcycle Club prepare to lead off the NYC Pride March on Fifth Avenue on June 27, 1999. This is also the 30th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, marking the beginning of the LGBTQ political movement.

2000

Two men dance on a float along Fifth
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Two men dance on a float along Fifth Avenue during the annual NYC Pride March on June 25, 2000.

2001

A group of motorcyclists commence the NYC Pride
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A group of motorcyclists commence the NYC Pride March on June 24, 2001.

2002

NYPD officer Miguel Montalvo marches in the NYC
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NYPD officer Miguel Montalvo marches in the NYC Pride March on June 30, 2002.

2004

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) waves to the
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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.

2005

Men in drag wearing sashes walk down Christopher
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Men in drag wearing sashes walk down Christopher Street during the NYC Pride March on June 26, 2005.

2006

Sen. Chuck Schumer marches in the NYC Pride
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Sen. Chuck Schumer marches in the NYC Pride March along Fifth Avenue on June 25, 2006.

2007

Participants wear
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Participants wear "attention needed" T-shirts during the NYC Pride March on June 24, 2007.

2009

A couple on their motorcycle makes a statement
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A couple on their motorcycle makes a statement about the contentious issue of same-sex marriage while participating in the NYC Pride March on June 28, 2009. 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.

2011

Revelers kiss following the NYC Pride March on
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Revelers kiss following the NYC Pride March on June 26, 2011. 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.

2012

Revelers kiss in front of the Stonewall Inn
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Revelers kiss in front of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street during the NYC Pride March on June 24, 2012.

2013

Edith Windsor rides through Manhattan in the NYC
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Edith Windsor rides through Manhattan in the NYC Pride March on June 30, 2013.

2014

Grand marshal Laverne Cox, left, and Delores Nettles,
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Grand marshal Laverne Cox, left, and Delores Nettles, mother of slain transgender woman Islan Nettles, attend the NYC Pride March on June 29, 2014.

2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio takes part in the
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Mayor Bill de Blasio takes part in the NYC Pride March on June 28, 2015. The march took place two days after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision guaranteeing nationwide same-sex marriage rights.

2016

Barbara Poma, center, the owner of Orlando's Pulse
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Barbara Poma, center, the owner of Orlando's Pulse nightclub, rides on a float during the NYC Pride March on Fifth Avenue on June 26, 2016. The parade paid tribute to the 49 people killed in the shooting at Pulse on June 12.

Wonder Woman strikes a pose during the NYC
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Wonder Woman strikes a pose during the NYC Pride March along Fifth Avenue on June 26, 2016.

Members of Gays Against Guns participate in the
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Members of Gays Against Guns participate in the NYC Pride March on June 26, 2016.

2017

Grand marshal Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender
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Grand marshal Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender FDNY firefighter, leads thousands down Fifth Avenue during the NYC Pride March on June 25, 2017.

Thousands march down Fifth Avenue during the NYC
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Thousands march down Fifth Avenue during the NYC Pride March on June 25, 2017.

2018

Marchers are pretty in pink at the NYC
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Marchers are pretty in pink at the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Spectators in an apartment on Christopher Street wave
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Spectators in an apartment on Christopher Street wave to friends in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

One spectator with rainbows on her cheeks cheers
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One spectator with rainbows on her cheeks cheers on Christopher Street during the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

NYC Pride March grand marshal Billie Jean King
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NYC Pride March grand marshal Billie Jean King waves to spectators in the West Village on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

The Resistance Contingent, a collective of more than
Photo Credit: Rajvi Desai

The Resistance Contingent, a collective of more than 30 advocacy groups created by the Reclaim Pride Coalition, marched together in the NYC Pride March on June 24, 2018. This year, RPC is organizing a separate Queer Liberation March, to be held on the same day but in a different location than the Pride March.

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