Parades celebrate Gay pride across United States

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Updated: 6/29 7:05 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters are celebrating a year of same-sex marriage victories.

There were gay pride parades around the nation on Sunday.

New York's Fifth Avenue was one giant rainbow as thousands of participants waved multicolored flags while making their way along a lavender line painted on the avenue from midtown Manhattan to the West Village. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were among them.

The parade marked the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the 1969 uprising against police raids that were a catalyst for the gay rights movement. The parade route passes The Stonewall Inn, the site of the riots.

In Chicago, hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of the city's North Side for the first gay pride parade since Illinois legalized gay marriage last month.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Ed Lee joined the thousands of participants in San Francisco's 44th annual parade along Market Street. Apple had one of the largest corporate presences, and chief executive Tim Cook greeted the estimated 4,000 employees and family members who participated.

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