New York City celebrated pride over the weekend with its much anticipated parade. Although the parade always includes a variety of fun and fabulous people marching, this year involved more tributes to the victims of the Orlando massacre.
Marchers held signs that read "WE ARE ORLANDO" and several political figures including Hillary Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton and Mayor Bill de Blasio marched to show their support. Other participants in the parade took grander gestures to not only celebrate the 46th annual parade but also shed light on the terrible national tragedy.
A group organized by Tigger-James Ferguson and his husband, Scott Parent, held a striking image for those who lost their lives at the Pulse nightclub. Ferguson and Parent typically dress in a bride and groom outfit, yet this year they dressed the group up in all white with veils covering their faces. Each member of the group had a sign with a name of someone who was gunned down.
At the end of the parade, held in the historic West Village, a memorial stood for all of the victims of the shooting.
This year, the parade was met with more security and police detail as some had fears about a gathering like this. However, the best thing to do in wake of tragedy is to continue to live your life with no fears at all.
(Photo: Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)