what is Pride?

Pride Parades (also known as Pride Marches, Pride Events and Pride Festivals) are events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) culture and pride.  The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage.

Most pride events occur annually, and many take place around June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in modern LGBT Social Movements.

History

Early on the morning of Saturday June 28, 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of New York City.  The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar which catered to an assortment of patrons, but which was popular with the most marginalised people in the gay community.