From New York to Chicago, Gay Pride Parades Honour Orlando Victims

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined the tail end of the route to celebrate gay pride.

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New York celebrates gay pride. (Photo: AP)

Hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets from New York to San Francisco to celebrate gay pride, honour those who died in the Orlando massacre, and promote tolerance.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, buoyed by a double digit poll lead over Republican Donald Trump in the race for the White House, joined the tail end of the route on Sunday in New York.

Hillary Clinton joined the tail end of the route on Sunday in New York. (Photo: AP)
Hillary Clinton joined the tail end of the route on Sunday in New York. (Photo: AP)

In her tweet, Hillary Clinton was referring to the US Supreme Court decision a year ago to legalise gay marriage across the country.

In San Francisco, the crowd cheered and electronic music blared from floats, a group carried placards with photos of the Orlando victims, and men in leather get-ups walked the route in the bright sunshine.

A group carried placards with photos of the Orlando victims. (Photo: AP)
A group carried placards with photos of the Orlando victims. (Photo: AP)
A woman celebrating gay pride in the parade. (Photo: AP)
A woman celebrating gay pride in the parade. (Photo: AP)
Pride parade in San Francisco. (Photo: AP)
Pride parade in San Francisco. (Photo: AP)

The US events – organised in Chicago and Seattle as well – were not only a celebration, but also a tribute to the 49 people killed at a gay nightclub on June 12 in America’s single worst mass shooting.

A dancer spins in front of a float during the New York City Pride Parade. (Photo: AP)
A dancer spins in front of a float during the New York City Pride Parade. (Photo: AP)
Participants come together in the St. Pete’s Pride Parade. (Photo: AP)
Participants come together in the St. Pete’s Pride Parade. (Photo: AP)

Scouts carried 49 flags with rainbow stripes to honour the victims, a group was dressed head-to-toe in white and wore veils.

A group, dressed in white, had placards with the names and photographs of the Orlando dead hanging around their necks. (Photo: AP)
A group, dressed in white, had placards with the names and photographs of the Orlando dead hanging around their necks. (Photo: AP)
Women celebrate gay pride in Chicago. (Photo: AP)
Women celebrate gay pride in Chicago. (Photo: AP)

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