NYC Pride March concludes month of Stonewall commemorations

The Stonewall Inn was one of the only gay bars where patrons could dance uninhibited

The Stonewall Inn was one of the only gay bars where patrons could dance uninhibited

Authorities say they called off Chicago's Pride Parade about 30 minutes before it was scheduled to end because of severe thunderstorms rolling through the region.

In Chicago's parade, the city's first openly gay mayor, Lori Lightfoot, was one of seven grand marshals. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Chicago and portions of Cook County after the National Weather Service detected wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour from the system.

"I've been to the Pride parade before, but this is the first year I kind of wanted to dress up and get into it", she said. The couple held hands at times, drawing cheers from onlookers. 80-year-old Peter Browne said.

Larraine and Peter Browne, who were visiting from Australia, told the San Francisco Chronicle they had never seen anything like the parade's rainbow-colored display. A Pride flag was tied around her neck like a cape.

Security was tight with police officers stationed throughout the route.

NY held a heaving Pride march as other cities including San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle also hosted parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between police and gay bar patrons that sparked the modern gay rights movement.

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More than 2,000 people gathered Sunday morning outside the bar where patrons resisted a police raid in 1969 to kick off the counter-march prior to the larger parade slated to start later in the day.

Mary Glasspool, assistant bishop of the New York Diocese of the U.S. Episcopal Church, said all its churches in Manhattan opened their doors for visitors from across the world. At the Queer Liberation March near the bar, some participants said the larger Pride parade had become too commercialized and heavily policed.

Twenty-four-year-old Jake Seller, an IN native now living IN Brooklyn, is one of the march's volunteers and says it "will always remain a protest, not an advertisement".

The city's annual Pride march regularly draws large crowds, but organizers expect 150,000 people to attend and there's expected to be a heavy police presence.

Organizers of Sunday's action released a list of demands on Facebook, which included removing police and corporations from Pride, making it more accessible for people with disabilities, and that the city not prepare for the parade by removing homeless people, many of whom are part of the LGBT community.

There are two marches planned with the main procession beginning at noon from 5th Avenue and 26th Street in Greenwich Village.

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