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How to march in the LGBT Pride March in NYC

Bisexual contingent marchers with banners in 2013 LGBT Pride March.
Bisexual contingent marchers with banners in 2013 LGBT Pride March.
Bisexual contingent marchers with banners in 2013 LGBT Pride March. Photo credit: Efrain John Gonzalez

Marching in the LGBT Pride Parade/March in New York City can be exhilarating and a great way to express your pride in being bisexual, transgender, intersex, lesbian or gay, but it can also be confusing as to how to participate. The march always takes place on the last Sunday in June which is tomorrow, June 29th. If there is a particular group you'd like to march with, you can look them up on the "Order of the March-Alphabetical" chart on the NYC Pride website which will state what block your group is meeting on, what time to meet, the section your group is in and the group's number within the section. To see the route you'll be marching down, check out the March Route Map.

If you'd like to march with the bisexual contingent, the lineup spot is 41 St. between Madison & Park at 11am. Look for the New York Area Bisexual Network (NYABN) banner, the BiRequest banner or the Brenda Howard banner. New York Area Bisexual Network is group number 19 in Section 0 [zero] which is located at the front of the parade and will be the first section to step off at noon. All bi groups can march in this section under their own banners, so bring one if you have one. Whether you identify as somewhere in the bisexual ballpark (bi, bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, etc) or as transgender, intersex, lesbian, gay, straight, same-gender-loving or asexual, on foot or in a wheelchair, the bi contingent welcomes everyone who respects the bi community. So feel free to bring your lovers, partners, friends, wives, husbands and other family members.

Make sure to bring water and sunblock; juice or a smoothie is also good to keep your energy up and to stay hydrated. Now is a great time to dig out that bi or queer t-shirt in the back of your closet, wave your bi or rainbow flag and rock your bi pride and rainbow jewelry and buttons. If you don't have any, you can buy some at the PrideFest after the march. Some people like to paint their nails in bi pride colors: hot pink/turquoise/lavender or magenta/purple/blue, depending on whether you prefer lighter or darker hues. Wearing clothes in these colors also helps show your pride but so does just showing up.

After the march, the bi contingent usually heads to Empire Szechuan Village for nourishment because it is off the beaten path and you can actually get a table there, then off to check out the PrideFest.

If you'd rather watch than march, take a look at the March Route Map to find out where to stand to get a good view.

However you choose to celebrate LGBT Pride Day...Happy Pride!

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