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Pride and joy for the LGBT community

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:41 am, Thu Jun 13, 2013.

The Queens Pride Parade, the borough’s annual celebration of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered residents, strutted through Jackson Heights Sunday.

As always, the event was mostly joyful, though officials also observed a moment of silence in recognition of those LGBT people who have been killed due to their identity. It was primarily the horrific 1990 slaying of Julio Rivera, a gay man from Jackson Heights, that prompted the Pride Parade’s establishment 20 years ago.

Aside from that solemn moment, Sunday’s spectacular was all about fun, pride and, of course, some wild-looking costumes.

“The 2013 Queens LGBT Pride Parade was the most fabulous yet,” said City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), one of the event’s founders. “The flamboyant and carnival-like atmosphere draws thousands of people to the Jackson Heights neighborhood for a very positive reason. Our diversity is our greatest strength, and our parade proves that.”

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