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.” — Peter C. Mastrosimone
Reviewing stand hosts Candy Samples and Marcus Woolen provided a lively banter as the paraders marched by.
Among those enjoying the parade were Alex Denk, left, a student visiting from Traunstein, Germany, and the Bazilaire family: Judi, Tyrone and Craig.
The sights and sounds included drumming.
In remembrance of those who have been killed just for being different, a moment of silence is observed by state Sen. Brad Hoylman, left, city Comptroller John Liu, Councilwoman Tish James, Councilman Danny Dromm, Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
The sights and sounds motorcycling.
Happily strolling down 37th Avenue, here comes the parade.