While the entire month of June is dedicated to gay pride, parades kick off in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and other cities Sunday to honor LGBT rights.

The massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, pulled the LGBT community together in grief and outrage. With 49 people dead and 53 wounded, it was the deadliest single-gunman shooting in modern U.S. history. But advocates of gay rights said they wouldn't be silenced.

For supporters who are celebrating LGBT pride, information about where to go and what time parades in each city starts have been provided below:

New York City:

The NYC pride parade coincides with PrideFest, a street fair. It’s also the largest in the country. It began as a march in 1970 to honor the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village. Since then, it has become much more than a parade, combining entertainers, vendors and activities of all kinds.

This year, it’s expected to be the biggest one yet. “This year is definitely going to be a lot more significant, a lot more important,” NYC Pride March Director Julian Sanjivan told AMNY. “It’s painful, but at the same time, we want to show it’s all about love, it’s all about equality. We’re not going to cave to fear.”

The owner and manager of the Orlando nightclub will both be at the New York parade "to stand defiantly against hate."

Date: Sunday, June 26

Time:  Noon-6 p.m. EDT. There will be a moment of silence to honor the memory of people who died from AIDS and hate crimes. 

Route: Start at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and end at Christopher and Bleecker streets.

San Francisco:

San Francisco Pride Parade also began as a way to remember the Stonewall Inn rebellion. Along with New York City, it is one of the most recognized LGBT celebrations. The theme, which changes every year, is “For Racial and Economic Justice.”

Date: Sunday, June 26

Time: It starts at 10:30 a.m. PDT and doesn’t have an end time.

Route: Starts at Market and Beale and ends at Market and 8th Street in downtown San Francisco.


The city of Seattle is celebrating its 42nd Pride Parade. The theme this year for "Future of Pride." “It serves to honor all who will continue the fight for equality!” the website says.

Date: Sunday, June 26

Time: The festivities begin at 11 a.m. PDT and last for about two hours.

Route: The parade is held along 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. It will end at Second Avenue and Denny Way near Seattle Center. 

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