Politics at the Pride Parade

Every year the political class pays homage to the gay community at the Pride Parade, and yesterday was no different. In this photo, Bloomberg and campaign aide Chris Coffey wait to join the parade, and reporters are there to capture the moment. One shirtless photographer (right-hand corner), however, had his attention elsewhere.
The parade (which, I'm told, is still referred to as a "march" by the organizers) was led by Governor David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Jeremy Peters of The New York Times gets a good spot.
For the occasion, Michael Bloomberg and his girlfriend, Diana Taylor, wore purple shirts (the mayor also skipped the tie).
An aide to Christine Quinn followed Paterson, Bloomberg and Quinn in a truck, repeating their names basically every other block.
No rest for the inevitable.
These signs started appearing rather early on in the parade route.
No parade is a parade without Senator Chuck Schumer, who had both signs and a bullhorn.
Here's Stuart Appelbaum, the president of RWDSU, who recently came out.
Here's Yetta Kurland, the Manhattan-based attorney challenging City Council Speaker Christine Quinn this year. She and her rather large contingent of supporters wore yellow T-shirts. At one point when the parade was stalled, Kurland and another supporter broke out into a dance.
Tom DiNapoli had the least colorful signs of the day.
A message from freshman State Senator Dan Squadron got a warm reception.
Supporters of Melinda Katz, the city councilwoman and comptroller candidate from Queens.
City Councilwoman Inez Dickens was the only uptown elected official I saw.
The city councilman from Queens, and candidate for public advocate, also had supporters at the parade.
A cast member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey marched the route also. Her sign-carrier got nearly as much attention as she did.
Same-sex marriage was a major theme in the parade this year. Whether or not the legislation will pass the State Senate (or, for that matter, any legislation will pass the Senate) is anybody's guess.
Christine Quinn, the first gay speaker of the City Council, was greeted enthusiastically when the parade arrived at Stonewall, but the loudest cheers were saved for David Paterson, who is trying to get his same-sex marriage legislation through the currently deadlocked Legislature. Some chanted "Pass it! Pass it!" as Paterson and Quinn posed for photos. The chant later morphed into "Pat-er-son! Pat-er-son!"
Here's a police band marching past the bar where the Stonewall riots began. The NYPD, of course, was on a different side back then, but tension between the gay community and the police still exists—after a recent spate of arrests outside gay sex shops, advocates said gay men were being unfairly targeted. The Manhattan D.A. just vacated the guilty plea of one man who was arrested.

Every year the political class pays homage to the gay community at the Pride Parade, and yesterday’s was no different.

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