Don’t Hide Your Pride was this year’s theme of the 22nd Annual Brooklyn Twilight Pride Parade, and the close than 30,000 spectators lining 5th Avenue certainly did not. This year, the parade returned bigger than ever before with more than 60 participating organizations, floats and trucks. Starting at 5th Avenue at Lincoln Place and the parade moved “gayly forward” — Brooklyn Pride never goes straight — to 9th Street.

Since its inception in 1996, Brooklyn Pride has grown to become the largest and most prominent organization serving Brooklyn’s LGBTQIA+ community, partnering with local organizations, businesses, friends and supporters of equal rights for all, to bring visibility to the multi-cultural gay community in the borough.

Attendees were dancing in the streets to the sounds of the floats and drum bands, cheering for glamorous drag queens and acrobatic cheerleaders. Elected officials including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congressmember Nydia Velázquez, among others, showed their support for Brooklyn’s LGBTQ community. Also local organizations and business such as Brooklyn Public Library, Baden Powell Scout of Brooklyn, Piper Theatre Company, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Club XStasy, Tara’s NYC,  Episcopal Churches of Brooklyn, New York City Pride, to name a very few, showed their pride.

The Grand Marshals of this year’s parade were the Queens of Drag Queen Story Hour, The Howard-Jennings family including Juliet Howard, Norma Jean Jennings and their two sons and Lyosha Gorshkov, founder of Brighton Beach Pride and co-president of RUSA LGBT.

Also our city councilmembers, led by Council Speaker Corey Johnson, seemingly had a lot of fun dancing in the streets and celebrating Brooklyn Pride. Take a look at our video and photos!

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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  1. Love, love, love…I’ve been to every Pride March since about 1977 and I’ve never seen an elected official dance like that (or dance at all!). 🙂

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