CNY Pride Parade

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The New York State Fair is celebrating “Pride Day” with a parade that will span the midway to Chevy Court.  Organizers are hoping visitors will take part in the festivities in support of the LGBTQ community.  This year’s honored guest, Martin Boyce of New York City is sharing his experience at the Stonewall Riot which happened at a popular gay bar 50 years ago in 1969.  That’s where police raided the bar, but he says patrons fought back.

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If organizers get the record crowd they’re expecting for this Saturday’s Pride Parade and Festival, they say it’s an indication of how far the community has come.  Realities are changing for gay, lesbian, transgender and other residents here in Central New York. 

Organizer Sam Castleberry is on the board of C-N-Y Pride.  He says the festival is a time to celebrate the L-G-B-T-Q community in a comfortable and supportive way.

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This year’s CNY Pride Week came to an end over the weekend with thousands of people attending the parade and celebrating with food, music and dancing at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor.  Rome resident Leo Byrom says joining the parade to support is like being with the family.  He says there are still people who feel alone and continue to hide themselves in the closet.