A cloud of bubbles emerge out of a giant lotus flower filled with a vibrant collection of people wearing bright wigs, sparkling tops, rainbow flags and short shorts. Giant streams of neon flags soar around the spectacle, which includes a DJ and a disco ball hanging off the back of the rainbow colored structure inching down 5th Avenue in New York City. This is of course the House Of Yes float in the annual Pride Parade, adding a powerful touch of magic to the spellbinding atmosphere. The energy is high, the music is loud and everyone has a smile on their face. It’s a unique celebration to say the least and this was just one vital occurrence that made this sun-soaked Sunday one to remember.
As thousands gathered along the streets of NYC from Midtown to the Stonewall Inn, there was a festive essence in the air, but also a motive of protest that was present as well. With an array of Trump protesters along with groups like Black Lives Matter, the ACLU, NYCLU, Gays Against Guns and more coming out to voice their displeasure regarding a plethora of societal issues, it wasn’t all fun and games during the parade. That said, there was no shortage of pleasure permeating from the ecstatic procession.
With an infectious party atmosphere, a crucial aspect of the parade is music. Sounds from across the spectrum rang throughout the spectacle with each passing crew, from pop to disco and everything in between. Mixmag played a special role in the Pride Parade this year, delivering a proper dance party from the brightly colored red Smirnoff float with DJ sets from multi-faceted NYC based artist Nomi Ruiz and Audio4Play label boss DJ Theresa. We streamed a portion of the session live as part of our Lab On Location, which you can watch here.
View a collection of photos from the Pride Parade above.
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[Photo credit: Sasha Charoensub @sashabphoto]