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Rainbow connection! Thousands parade through Park Slope for Brooklyn Pride

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Sitting proud: Annakay Wright and Tibiun Cooper, of Canarsie, sit at the Brooklyn Pride parade in Park Slope on June 13.
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Sweet hat: Borough President Adams stays hydrated at the parade.
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Young pride: Miriam Tijujalno and her 4-month-old son Iker Rodriguez, of Park Slope, show their pride.
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Follow the leader: Grand Marshal Brooke Guinan, New York’s first openly transgender firefighter, leads the way.
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Take a back seat: A dog sits perched on a motorcycle.
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Shine bright: Thousands of colorfully dressed Brooklynites took to the streets.
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Let them eat beads: Onlookers toss beads to people marching.
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Proud crowd: Thousands march in Park Slope for the Brooklyn Pride parade on June 13.
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Happy day: Erik Willingham, of Flatbush, Morga McGhee, of Bushwick, and and Andre Malcolm, of Flatbush, show their colors.
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Scout’s honor: The Fifth Brooklyn Scouts, a Boy Scouts offshoot known for its inclusivity, marches.
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Main drag: Drag queen Lola Luscious cruises by in the Brooklyn Pride parade.
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Marching in style: Bogota Latin Bistro owners and grand marshals Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou blow bubbles with their kids and some giant empanadas at this year’s Brooklyn Pride parade.

Talk about pride and joy!

Thousands of revelers swarmed Fifth Avenue in Park Slope on Saturday to celebrate all things here and queer at the 19th Brooklyn Pride festival.

Mayor DeBlasio — who reportedly showed up 20 minutes late for the parade kick-off — said that he remembered when the event was much smaller, and that this year’s turnout was testament to how far both the city and the country have come in embracing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

“It says something that it has grown and become a parade that everyone joins in,” said the former Park Sloper, one of many rainbow-flag-waving pols who took part in the march. “That says something about how this city has moved forward. Our nation is moving forward.”

This year’s festival was one for the ages, according to one attendee who said he was thrilled by the (eventual) presence of elected leaders.

“I think that was the best Pride I have ever been to,” said Tivaun Cooper of Canarsie. “DeBlasio’s participation meant a lot. He was just going around and greeting people, and I think that sent a really strong message.”

Three New Yorkers shared grand marshal duty at this year’s twilight parade. Brooke Guinan, the city’s first openly transgender firefighter, led the procession on foot, while husbands George Constantinou and Farid Ali Lancheros, who co-own Bogota Latin Bistro on Fifth Avenue, drove in a convertible with their kids — trailed by restaurant mascots dressed as anthropomorphic empanadas.

The colorful cavalcade, which included scout troupes, motorcycle clubs, cheerleaders, and local businesses, surged down the street from Sterling Place to Ninth Street, where the merrymakers joined the all-day festival between Third and Ninth streets, enjoying live music, kids’ activities, drag performances, and food vendors.

One proud attendee, celebrating in Brooklyn for the first time, said he was impressed by the festivities in his newly adopted borough.

“It was really nice and chill,” said Eric Willingham, who recently moved to Flatbush from Alabama. “I’m planning on going to the Manhattan one too, but I enjoyed the Brooklyn one a lot.”

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with quotes.
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Reasonable discourse

Hoolau Window says:
I love the pic - this pride is inclusive! Those gender ambiguous minorities with the whole "are they or aren't they" thing going. And for daring to appear in the paper despite the intolerance of their traditional culture. It's an inspiration really.
June 16, 2015, 10:01 am
D. from Attended Park Slope Pride says:
I attended the Brooklyn Pride Festival, and it was a truly awesome experience. I am originally from Brooklyn, so for me, I celebrated both LGBTQI pride and Brooklyn pride.
June 17, 2015, 3:10 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, I seem to miss this one, but I will be attending the main Gay Pride Parade on 6/28.
June 18, 2015, 2:49 pm

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