Here in NYC, June is about parades. There’s the Puerto Rican Day Parade in early June: This is now the largest cultural celebration in the United States:
There’s the Mermaid Parade, a leftover of the carnival atmosphere of Coney Island, Brooklyn:
The Parade’s royal couple this year were Amanda Palmer, musician and essayist, and her husband, author and producer Neil Gaiman. Gaiman has been a longtime activist for libraries.
But the most colorful of these is the Pride Parade. Each of the boroughs has its own, smaller parade earlier in the month. These culminate in the biggest one in town, in Manhattan last Sunday of June. Here are some pics of this year’s:
There’s something to write about New Yorkers’ love of spectacle and glitter, but that’s a post for a different day. A couple years ago, I wrote about the Stonewall Inn and the history of the Gay Pride movement in New York. You can read that below: