Mayor DeBlasio leads Brooklyn Pride parade

Gay day! Gay day! Brooklyn Pride strikes Slope

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MEET AND BEEP: Borough President Adams takes a moment away from his grand marshal duties to flash a smile with noted drag queen Lady Clover Honey.
FLYING HIGH: A Cheer New York member soars through the air during the loud, proud procession.
BRIGHT RIDES: Brightly dressed bikers cruise down Fifth Avenue.
FIRST FAMILY’S FIRST: Mayor DeBlasio and first lady Chirlane McCray, who famously penned a 1979 magazine article entitled “I Am a Lesbian,” served as grand marshals in the Brooklyn Pride parade.
Young pride: Members of the Fifth Brooklyn Scouts march in the 18th-annual Brooklyn Pride Parade on June 14.

It was loud, proud, and as Park Slope as it gets.

Thousands turned out to celebrate the 18th annual Brooklyn Pride festival in the neighborhood on Saturday. Former Sloper-in-chief and current Mayor DeBlasio joined first lady Chirlane McCray to lead a gaggle of pols in the parade. When the marching portion of the festivities concluded, DeBlasio gave a brief speech, telling reporters he and his wife wouldn’t be caught dead at a procession that doesn’t allow gay people to participate.

“You will see Chirlane at this parade, and me at this parade, but you will not see us at a parade that excludes members of the LGBT community,” the city’s executive said, according to reports.

DeBlasio made waves in March when he refused to walk in the Manhattan Saint Patrick’s Day Parade because it excluded gay regalia.

Joining the first couple as grand marshals were Borough President Adams, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D–Sunset Park). The revelers marched down Fifth Avenue waving rainbow flags and, in the case of the Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club, riding hogs festooned with them.

The parade capped off a day of celebration that started with a five-kilometer run in Prospect Park and featured family-friendly entertainment from start to finish.

Simone Kolysh and Alex Floor traveled to the festival from Bensonhurst, with their three children in tow. Kolysh, who teaches women’s studies at Brooklyn College and marched with the school’s Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Alliance, said she was excited to bring together her family and her academic work.

“It was wonderful because my children are finally old enough to enjoy it,” Kolysh said. “I wanted my kids to experience a safe space, which they did.”

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go to this, but there is always the main one on 6/29 that will be in Manhattan.
June 17, 2014, 7:04 pm

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