Right after same sex marriage was legalized in New York State, the NYC Gay Pride Parade 2011 will march through the city in celebration. The parade starts at 36th Street and 5th Avenue at 12 noon on Sunday, June 26, 2011 and ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets. Dan Savage and Terry Miller are the 2011 Grand Marshalls.
According to the press release for the event, Mike Dunlap, 2011 NYC Pride March Director, said, “We are thrilled at the opportunity of hosting such inspiring leaders of LGBT marriage equality, community service and youth self-assurance.”
Gay Pride Week is from June 18 to June 26, 2011. It is also the week same sex marriage was legalized. The New York Daily News reports the marriage bureau is readying for a wave of applications as the law goes into effect on July 24, 2011.
City Clerk Michael McSweeney said, “We don’t know how many people are going to show up, but we expect it will be an enormous number.” Pre-applications will be taken online as of July 5 but a license cannot be issued until July 24. Since that day is Sunday, the licenses will actually be given out on Monday, July 25.
New York resident Neil Patrick Harris, 38, is pleased about the legalization of same sex marriage in the state. He is preparing to tie the knot with his longtime partner David Burtka. Harris enthusiastically tweeted on Friday night, “It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!!”
People reports Harris said, “David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We’ve been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date.”
Today New Yorkers will be celebrating marriage equality and more during the NYC Pride March, with a theme of “PROUD AND POWERFUL.” The March Committee and a panel of judges will evaluate the parade march contingents for several March Awards including ones for best decorated vehicle, best theme, most original, best use of theme and best musical contingent.
To find out more about the parade, visit the NYC Pride March website to get a route map and all the details about the day.