Sunday afternoon, Jackson Heights’ 37th Avenue was lined with rainbow-flag-toting, cheering residents who flocked to the 23rd annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival.
A neighborhood staple since 1993, the parade got a special honor this year with Mayor de Blasio — the first mayor to march in the parade celebrating LGBT rights, social justice and community unity — as one of the grand marshals. De Blasio, who was joined by wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray, first participated last year.
The other grand marshals were representatives from the healthcare and wellness organization APICHA.
“It started with a memory of those who were lost because of who they were and a society that did not accept people for who they were,” de Blasio said at the parade’s reviewing stand, situated halfway through the route in front of the Jackson Heights Post Office.