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Two New York City Fire Department EMTs got engaged during the city’s annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26. In their dress uniforms, Julianna Arroyo, who is stationed in the Bronx, got down on one knee and proposed to her now-fiancee Erika Marrero.
“This parade is monumental for us because of the Orlando shooting. It hit really close to home. We wanted to walk in the parade in honor of the 49 victims. At the same time, I wanted to give Erika something positive to remember from the parade,” Arroyo said in a post on the FDNY’s Facebook page. Arroyo worked with family and friends to make the Pride Parade proposal possible.
Thousands of people were expected to march in New York’s parade, the largest in the country. Officials told everyone to come to the parade to make it the biggest, and the best after the shooting in Orlando’s gay nightclub, Pulse, that killed 49 people. The parade planners also re-opened the parade to new entries after the shooting.
Earlier in the day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there were plans to build a memorial to the 49 victims in New York City, and on Friday, President Barack Obama declared New York City’s Stonewall Inn a national monument.