Under the theme ‘Defiantly Different’, this year’s NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 24, celebrates four Grand Marshals who have made significant impacts within and beyond the LGBT+ community.
Lambda Legal, Tyler Ford, Kenita Placide, and tennis legend Billie Jean King are the four Grand Marshals leading the 49th NYC Pride March, which highlights the history of civil and political unrest in the gay community. This year, in an attempt to reduce procession times of the more than 350 groups participating, the route will change from 5th Avenue and instead will run through West Village and Midtown, passing by the Stonewall Inn before ending at the cross-section of 29th and 5th Avenue.
The 2018 NYC Pride Grand Marshals this year include…
As a sports icon, feminist, and champion for equality and social change for women, Billie Jean King not only dominated the world of tennis but also challenged the status quo with her commitment to diversity, pay equality for women, and advocating for gay rights.
As the nation’s biggest and oldest legal organization representing the LGBT+ community, Lambda Legal works diligently to champion civil rights in several communities for full recognition and parity.
As a writer, motivational speaker, and award-winning gender advocate, Tyler Ford uses his creative writing to challenge the status quo and the perceptions of a broad spectrum of audiences. Named as one of Dazed’s 100 visionary talents shaping youth culture, Ford educates and galvanizes with each performance.
As the Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE), Kenita Placide is also the Advisor for Outright Action International.
With hundreds of floats in the 2018 NYC Pride March, as well as community and non-profit organizations, small businesses, corporate partners, politicians, activists, and more, this year’s march through downtown New York City promises to be one of the most exciting in its history.
Start planning your visit to NYC Pride today.