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New Yorkers March Through Manhattan to Celebrate LGBT Pride

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The 45th annual Heritage of Pride March made its way down Fifth Avenue Sunday. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.

The sights, the sounds, the colors—the Pride march down Fifth Avenue is one of a kind.

"This is really what being an American is all about, equality for all," said one attendee.

"If you want to love a guy and you're a guy it's fine. If you want to love a girl and you're a girl that's fine. Who are we to judge?" said another attendee.

"New York's coming out to support everybody and celebrate all diversity. It's amazing," a third said.

The mission is to inspire, educate, commemorate and support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

And under picture perfect skies Sunday there was no better way to celebrate.

"Today is great to march because of everybody that's has struggled and fought oppression to fight for equal rights and show equal love and opportunity to all human kind," another attendee said.

Thousands marched from 36th and Fifth, making their way to the Stonewall Inn.

This is 45th year the march is being held, commemorating the start of the gay rights movement at Stonewall in 1969.

"We do them honor when we walk through New York City proud, and we do them honor when we say we are not finished," says Rea Carey, Grand Marshal of the march.

"This is where pride began. Pride began in New York and it's had ripple effects all over the world. And in Liverpool we've only had our official pride for five years, but this something that we emulate," another attendee said.

City and state political leaders lent their support.

The LGBT community highlighted their many advancements in marriage equality, but they say events like this highlight the need to keep fighting for civil rights across the country and the world.

"There's always going to be work to do. It's very important for us to have it so other people know that we're here. We're here. We're going to be here and it's time for us to start advancing and become more free," another attendee said.

Advocates say while the spotlight shines on them during the march, their fight for equality is a year round battle. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP