Early in the morning on 28th June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s West Village. The ensuing Stonewall riots lasted several days and are considered to be the beginning of the modern gay-rights movement. The first gay pride march was held in 1970 and has become an annual civil rights demonstration around the world. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those the community lost to illness, violence and neglect. Pride New York is now a massive celebration, attended by tens of thousands and watched by even more. A full week of activities, festivities, concerts and shows culminates in a show-stopping, carnival-like march through the streets of New York on 24th June. This year’s march undergoes a slight change, with the 2018 route refocusing on the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ movement to a place of prominence at the beginning of the march.