Celebrating pride and multiculturalism, the colorful 2011 brightened up an otherwise gray and uncharacteristically cold June day over the weekend.
Starting at 14th Street and continuing onto Union, the parade marched down Fifth Avenue starting at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and marked the end of Brooklyn Pride's 15th annual celebration, an all day event featuring a street fair, activities for kids, dance parties and musical performances.
Formed in 1996, the Brooklyn Pride committee was formed to connect residents, businesses, organizations and other supporters of equal rights. For the past decade and a half, the committee has sought to promote and celebrate Brooklyn's gay populace through community events.
After the crowd observed a moment of silence for past champions of LGBT equality, the celebration kicked off with a routine by Cheer New York before moving down Fifth Avenue. Hundreds of men, women and kids waved rainbow flags as the procession marched by.