Rainbow flags, bright costumes, happy families and loud music abounded at the annual Twilight Pride Parade, presented by Brooklyn Pride.
Brooklyn Pride’s annual celebration, “Coming of Age,” celebrates the LGBTQ community in Brooklyn, honoring its contributions and heritage in the borough.
The four grand marshals for the parade were Mayor Bill de Blasio, who marched with his wife Chirlane, Borough President Eric Adams, Public Advocate Letitia James and Councilman Carlos Menchaca, who is the first openly gay councilman in Brooklyn’s history.
“Pride is what I have for my One Brooklyn family, and pride is what we all must share for who we are and who we love,” Adams said.
He added that he was excited to “celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer people who live and work in Brooklyn, who themselves represent a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and who have made substantial contributions to the culture, commerce and society of our great borough.”
After he marched in the parade, de Blasio assured everyone that he would refuse to march in any parade that excluded LGBTQ community members, just as he refused to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March. He was the first mayor to refuse to do so in 20 years.
The parade featured organizations ranging from an all-inclusive Brooklyn Scouts group, which provides “traditional scouting for everyone;” to church groups supportive of the LGBTQ community; to Cheer New York, a non-profit adult cheerleading organization that performs to support the fight against AIDS and other illnesses through their “Cheer for Life” fund.
Parade participants and bystanders alike waved flags, laughed, cheered and danced the night away. For members of the LGBTQ community, it was most certainly a night to be proud of.