NYC Pride Parade takes on special meaning after DOMA ruling

Posted at 11:10 PM, Jun 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-29 23:10:04-04

It was Ladies Night on Pier 26, a night called Rapture on the River in celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered Pride Week, psrticularly poignant this year because of trio of federal court rulings in support of gay rights.

“This week has just been incredible,” Stacy Lentz, an investor at the Stonewall Inn said.

“With DOMA being defeated, with Proposition 8 being defeated, we have a lot to celebrate,” she added.

New York also just launched a website to lure gay visitors to the Empire State called the “I Love New York LGBT” website.

Governor Cuomo said the site will help gay visitors plan vacations here, suggesting lots of must-see destinations. New York is also promoting itself as the same sex wedding destination since the state legalized gay marriage in 2011.

This year’s gay pride march starts runs from midtown along fifth avenue to the West Village along Christopher Street.

There will be 300 unique marching contingents along with 50 floats and perhaps a turnout even larger than previous years.

Two party goers said they’d be there before the sun rises.

“We have alot to celebrate and we’ll be marching,” Otha Akrea, of Bowie, Maryland, told PIX11 News.