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New York City is hosting a massive Pride march on Sunday, topping off a month of rallies, parties and conferences celebrating the LGBTQ community.

New York City is hosting a massive Pride march on Sunday, topping off a month of rallies, parties and conferences celebrating the LGBTQ community. 

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, when members of the city's LGBTQ community stood up to police at the Stonewall Inn. To commemorate this turning point in the gay liberation movement, NYC is holding WorldPride – the largest Pride celebration in the world. 

WorldPride, an international LGBTQ celebration, began in Rome in 2000. This is the first time it's being held in the United States. 

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New York's Pride March starts at noon, with 677 contingents marching together. Some notable people marching are cast members from the dance musical POSE, transgender activist and veteran Monica Helms and the Gay Liberation front, the first LGBTQ activist organization formed after Stonewall. 

The Reclaim Pride Coalition will be hosting a rival march, the Queer Liberation March, protesting the presence of police and corporate partnerships of the larger NYC Pride. The Queer Liberation March kicked off at 9:30 a.m. at the Stonewall Inn, heading later to Central Park for a rally. 

New York is not alone in celebrating Pride this Sunday. Chicago is also hosting a parade. Lori Lightfoot, the city's first openly gay mayor, is one of the grand marshals. 

San Francisco, too, is hosting its Pride parade Sunday. San Francisco Pride included Google as a sponsor, prompting backlash from a group of Google employees who spoke of harassment and hate speech directed toward LGBTQ people on Google platforms. SF Pride declined to remove Google as a sponsor but said the Google opponents could protest the company's policies as part of the "Resistance Contingent."

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Pride celebrations took place across the world as well. Thousands of LGBTQ activists marched in Paris this weekend, braving a heat wave to commemorate the Stonewall protests. In Dublin, police officers took place in the Pride parade for the first time, according to BBC. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hundreds of thousands expected to celebrate WorldPride in NYC


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