NEWARK, NJ - Rainbow colors filled Broad Street between Lincoln and Washington Park during Sunday afternoon for the 14th annual Newark Pride parade.
A festival followed the parade near Washington Park where people gathered for fashion shows, food, dancing and more. The parade and festival were a culmination of events geared towards the LGBTQ community that began earlier in the week.
Newark Gay Pride Inc. has organized the festivities since 2005. The first parade was held with the death of Sakia Gunn still fresh in the minds of Newarkers. Gunn was a lesbian teenager who was fatally stabbed at Broad and Market streets after she refused advances by two men.
Pride events usually coincide around the time of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City against a police raid. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the riots at Stonewall Inn.