This year, the month of June also recognized as Pride month for the LGBTQ community was supported by many with their efforts in raising awareness, and having celebratory events. The annual New York City Pride Parade was filled with hundreds of people – some who went in support while others came for encouragement. The NY Times shared amazing images of D.J. Mary Mac performing on Mayor Bill De Blasio’s float in Manhattan among the many marchers who truly looked like they were having a great time. Some people were fortunate enough to land a “bird’s-eye view” of the parade in buildings nearby. It seems that pride was all around in the roads of New York City, and the parade crowd was enjoying all that it had to offer. From cheering on marchers to washing the streets with rainbow colors, the Pride celebrations in New York is one for the record books.

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In Woodbury, New Jersey residents were surprised yet glad to see their town celebrating the movement. Justin Decker from The Star Ledger reported that rainbow pride banners line Woodbury’s downtown area in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. They kicked off many events within that first week spanning out for the entire month ending the celebration with the city’s mayor, Jessica Floyd who gave a Proclamation of Pride at the City Hall on June 30th. A collaborative effort between the city and Woodbury Community Pride, a new non-profit organization representing the LGBTQ community was made. Their overall goal was to bring everyone together not only to raise awareness, but to work as a community to succeed in receiving the support they needed. Many business owners seemed that it was a great way to diversify and broaden the entire community.

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Quoron Walker, contact reporter for the Hartford Courant wrote that the town of Manchester celebrated its pride with a week-long celebration in early June. This included a concert in Center Memorial Park where the crowd serenaded to the “Motown stylings” of band Eight to the Bar who rocked out to various classic hits. Manchester’s residents including couples, children, and families seemed to enjoy their celebration as they danced the night away. Not only was this a time to observe LGBTQ Pride Month, but it turned into a scene for quality time for those who were in attendance.

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