NYC LGBTQ Pride March Canceled For The First Time In Its Half-Century History

The NYC Pride March has been canceled for the first time in its half-century history.

The annual June pride event, which draws millions of participants and revelers every year, was canceled on Monday shortly after New York Mayor Bill De Blasio announced the cancellation of permits for all large events for the month of June.

Heritage of Pride, the organization that runs the march, has also canceled all in-person events leading up to march.

“This probably will not surprise you,” De Blasio said at a coronavirus briefing before announcing the cancellation of June’s Celebrate Israel, Puerto Rican Day and LGBTQ pride parades.

The mayor promised festivalgoers that these events would go on in some format “when it’s the right time.”

“This year is the 50th anniversary of the pride parade, and it’s a very, very big deal,” De Blasio said in Monday’s briefing. “That march is such an important part of life in this city, but this year in particular it was going to be something that was a historic moment.”

Last year’s NYC Pride March, which honored the 50th anniversary the Stonewall uprising, drew an estimated 5 million people.

Heritage of Pride has endorsed an effort led by InterPride, an international organization comprised of local, regional and national pride planning organizations, to hold a 24-hour virtual “Global Pride” event on June 27, to be broadcast around the world.

Ron deHarte, co-president of the United States Association of Prides and a member of the InterPride organizing committee, said “the plan is to have this 24-hour program that will be a worldwide celebration of pride.”

“It will peak in time zones around the world, and in each of those time zones, those regional pride organizations and those local pride organizations will be directly involved in that programming component,” deHarte said.

A number of other major cities across the U.S. have already announced they were canceling or postponing their pride events: Los Angeles postponed, San Francisco canceled and Seattle said it would “go virtual.”