MELROSE — Tens of thousands of people came from The Bronx and across New York City to kick off World Pride celebrations at Bronx Pride which marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and Uprising in the queer liberation movement.
Hosted by the Third Avenue Business Improvement District and Destination Tomorrow—The Bronx’s official LGBTQ center — the 1 Bronx Festival is now in its 3rd year bringing the LGBTQ community to the forefront of the borough’s busiest intersection at 3rd Avenue and 149th Street.
The event featured dozens of performers and was headlined by the legendary Deborah Cox and La Insuperable from the Dominican Republic.
Thousands enjoyed the performances throughout the event and it wasn’t just the LGBTQ community but a good mix of local residents who came out to support and just have a good time.
Before the festivities began, however, hundreds gathered at the Bronx County Courthouse for some rallying speeches by local LGBTQ leaders and elected officials including New York City Councilmember Vanessa L. Gibson and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Last year was the first time the march was held after a decades of inactivity and this year’s march was considerably larger with hundreds of participants going down the Grand Concourse from 161st Street to 149th Street and then marching towards 3rd Avenue to the newly painted Pride Crosswalk where the festival took place.
Oh and did we mention that the march was the longest pride march route outside of Manhattan too?
It seems like The Bronx just kept making queer history this weekend.
And we’re not stopping anytime soon.