2016 Grand Marshals Announced For NYC Pride

Jazz Jennings will lead the iconic LGBT Pride March

Jazz Jennings, Subhi Nahas, and Cecilia Chung will lead the iconic LGBT Pride March.

Heritage of Pride has announced three Grand Marshals for the 47th NYC Pride March on Sunday June 26. The first NYC Pride March took place in 1970 on the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and in 2015, an estimated 2 million spectators lined the two-mile route.

15 year old honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation, Jazz Jennings, will be the youngest Grand Marshal in NYC Pride History.

She will be joined by Subhi Nahas, a Syrian refugee who co-founded the first LGBT magazine in Syria, Mawaleh, and Cecilia Chung, an internationally recognized leader who has been advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness and care, LGBT equality, and social justice for more than 30 years.

NYC Pride March Director Julian Sanjivan, said, “Our 2016 theme, ‘Equality Needs You,’ could not be better reflected than through Jazz, Subhi, and Cecilia. In a post-marriage equality America, these leaders are ensuring that the barriers to LGBT people achieving true legal, health, and social equality are being broken down.”

The 47th NYC Pride March will step off at noon on June 26, at 5th Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan. The route proceeds through Midtown down 5th Avenue, before heading west into Greenwich Village, ending at Christopher and Greenwich Streets.

Registration for marching contingents is open until June 7 here, with more than 340 groups expected to participate this year.