Love Has No Labels marched in NYC Pride for the third year in a row. If you weren’t able to join us on the route, check out some snapshots of our day.
Pride is huge. It’s more than one march in one city in one day. Born out of a dire need and fight for survival, it’s a concept that unites people all over the word to support our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, we still need Pride to be more than a fabulous party that makes New York City shine brighter and more colorful than the rest of the year. But it’s still a fabulous party that makes New York City shine brighter and more colorful than the rest of the year…who wouldn’t want to go?! As someone who’s stood by on the sidelines for years, FINALLY I had the privilege of marching (shimmying) with Love Has No Labels at this past weekend’s celebration. And honey, it was EVERYTHING.
2:31pm – “The road to the Pride March is paved with glitter”
Our call time for the march is fast approaching (T-minus 29 minutes and counting) and the subway feels unnaturally quiet. Like the calm before the rainbow storm. I. Am. So. Excited. I have the 5 coats of glitter nail polish to prove it. THIS IS PRIDE, PEOPLE! T-minus 28 minutes and counting.
3:09pm – “We’re in holding, Part 1: Team bonding”
We’re officially checked in. On 41st between 5th and Madison, along with groups from Nordstrom, Salesforce, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gods Love We Deliver and more. There are over a hundred people here just to march for Love Has No Labels applying temporary tattoos, tying balloons to wrists and ready to hit the march route.
3:37pm – “We’re in holding, Part 2: Let’s wait another 3 hours”
Word gets out that there’s a slight delay, but nobody is surprised. 4:45 is a long time to wait but we find entertainment in coffee, snacks and selfies.
3:49pm – “We’re in holding, Part 3: Let’s roll!”
Change of plans. We’re off! Looking down 5th Avenue from the top of the route there are people, flags, balloons as far as the eye can see. Let’s take a group photo, shall we?
4:44pm – “It’s only just begun”
The first few blocks are slow moving but far from dull, thanks to some very proud folks waving flags from their windows.
5:01pm – “When you make it here you can make it anywhere”
After the slow start, most Pride March veterans know to expect, the cheers, banners, disco and countless other forms of Pride expression are on full blast. The crowd is just as diverse as New York City, but seeing multiple generations of LGBTQ pride is beautiful. Young kids and grandparents united in support. I am living for this.
5:12pm – “People, people everywhere and some give water to drink”
There’s a long way to go and all this cheering has me parched. Thank you, ma’am, for the water!
5:22pm – “Harajuku style”
Friends! Every single person on the parade route was so excited to be there. This young lady (the newest Harajuku style supporter of Love Has No Labels) is just one happy example.
5:44pm – “Unicorn”
One of the more popular attractions on the parade route: a dog in a rainbow tutu with a unicorn horn.
6:54pm – “Disperse”
The parade is done. We’ve marched our march. And now we disperse and rest our aching feet after a day well spent chanting for Love Has No Labels.
7:02pm – “One last song”
A pop-up dance party on the way home never hurt anyone. This DJ sent us off with some revitalized pep in our step. I requested Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” but would have been happy with Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” or any disco, frankly.
10:34pm – “Goodnight glitter”
The nail polish goes bye bye. And sleep.