The “Pride” parade in New York, which draws attention to the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals, among others, will not take place this year for the first time. (Archive image: Keystone)
The big “Pride” parade in New York has to be canceled this year because of the corona virus. It is the first failure of the parade in its history.
For the first time in its history, the “Pride” parade in New York is canceled. The big party, at the end of June, which draws attention to the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals among others, will not take place this year because of the corona pandemic, said Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday. This is necessary despite the “historic moment” for the 50th parade this year.
The metropolis had previously indicated that it would cancel all major events in June – including numerous other parades. The city’s public swimming pools and beaches probably wouldn’t open this summer either, de Blasio had said. The «Pride» parade goes back to the «Stonewall» uprisings of 1969. At that time, revelers in the popular gay bar “Stonewall Inn” on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village in Manhattan fought against a police raid.
Big march for the 50th anniversary
On the first anniversary of the riots – 50 years ago – around 4,000 people marched through New York demanding equality, today the annual Christopher Street Day (CSD) commemorates the incidents worldwide. It stands for the self-confidence of the LGBTQ community (English abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer) and their resistance to discrimination.
Meanwhile, the situation in the state of New York, which has been particularly hard hit by Covid-19, continues to ease: The number of new deaths fell below 500 for the first time in days. In the past few weeks, up to 800 people were in the state every day 20 million people died. After the announcement of relatively strict exit restrictions a month ago, the number of newly infected people in New York had recently dropped significantly. Overall, significantly fewer patients have had to go to clinics than previously forecast.