The Queens LGBT Pride Parade and Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary with a march along 37th Avenue and a multicultural festival featuring stage entertainment. Traditionally the first big gathering during Pride Month in New York City, the event began in the wake of tragedy — the 1991 murder of Julio Rivera, a Jackson Heights gay man. Rallying as a community in response to the crime, activists took steps that 18 months later resulted in the borough’s first Pride celebration.
This year’s theme was “Equality. Everyday. Everyone.”