NYC Hosts WorldPride And Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Stonewall Riots, 2019

We tried to walk in the parade and failed, but we still took some amazing shots and made a bunch of beautiful friends. Take a peek at this year’s WorldPride parade’s faces and moments.

Our friend and copy editor Barrianne told us that she would be marching in the Pride March with Brazilian percussion group Maracatu New York as part of The New School Pride contingent. We thought it would be cool to take photos from inside of the parade this year and asked to tag along.

On the way there we loaded ourselves into a subway car with no air. One of the girls who was also heading to the parade said, in good humor, that the MTA is trying to prepare us for hell. The whole car laughed, including two white gay dads with an adorable adopted Black daughter wearing a rainbow dress.

Once we found our friend, we found out that due to the record number of people visiting and marching this year, step-off times for each section were delayed for hours. We left Barri for a couple of hours to score some weed, get acquainted with the area, and take some photos on a completely closed-off Madison Avenue.

So many amazing and diverse groups of the LGBTQ+ community were stuck together on the same street –it was simply fascinating to explore. Our street was headlined by NYC angels – a group of gorgeous trans women of color who wore huge feather wings while waiting around for hours, but still managed to keep up their spirits and flawlessness; right behind them was The Eagle bar truck, where men dressed in latex and leather, or just chains and underwear, were patiently awaiting their turn to march; there was an Indian group, where one of the girls wore a gorgeous sari and a leather bra and a choker; a Japanese group dressed in gorgeous rainbow kimonos were politely waiting on the sidewalk and one of them told us that it was her first time in drag out in public. So many amazing stories and faces, it was hard to move away from one spot.

After a while we’ve told Barri that we would have to split and made our way down the parade. It was insane and packed and beautiful. We’ve had a moment to reflect and be thankful for being able to live in this incredible city and not hide our true identities – not a lot of other places in the world are able to experience such joy of freedom, and we always try to keep that in mind. We truly believe that one day, love will save the world.

Alexey Kim