Instead of proceeding south through Midtown and the West Village as in previous years , this year's march will begin at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue, traveling south along Seventh before turning east on Christopher Street and Eighth Street, and then proceeding uptown along Fifth Avenue, ending at 29th Street. Here's a map. The change in route is in anticipation of next year's WorldPride celebration, which will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Organizers are expecting record-breaking attendance, and as such have worked with the NYPD to modify the parade route for this year, a DCPI press release reports. As usual, uniformed and plainclothes officers will be assigned to work the parade. And while few in the LGBTQ community seemed to have an objection to the actual change in route, many took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the involvement of the NYPD in pride celebrations.
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Cop among several killed in Colorado supermarket shooting. Celebrations planned around such themes as supporting transgender people and pressing for economic justice have quickly taken on new meanings. Paradegoers will see increased security, anti-violence messages and tributes to those killed in Orlando. In New York City, pre-parade activities included a handful of people walking down traffic-free Fifth Avenue holding banners with photos of those who died.
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Throngs of cheering supporters greeted Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he led off the parade two days after signing the historic bill that made New York the sixth state to extend full marriage rights to gay couples. State Sen. Tom Duane , a Manhattan Democrat who is gay, said he also planned to join in the festivities. For many participants of the parade, the event this year is more of an American rights celebration then a gay one.
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