This year’s New York City Pride March, one of the city’s biggest parties to kickoff summer, was nothing short of its sensuous and rowdy reputation. Nearly 2 million lined the streets of Manhattan waving rainbow flags and wearing colorful, and more than less, provocative costumes.

The march began as a civil rights demonstration in 1970. Today, the NYC Pride March is one of the largest celebration’s of the LGBT community. Despite current political tensions, a euphoric atmosphere swept the streets of New York City, as always.

To highlight some of the greatest moments of this year’s celebration, we collected some of the parade’s most outrageous and wonderful Instagram posts for your enjoyment.

@leannrimes was amazing at PrideFest! #WeAreProud

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Singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes performing at PrideFest, wearing a sheer dress.

Pride 🌈

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Stars of the hit comedy Broad City, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer dancing atop of the float, which arguably received the largest amount of cheers.

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From age 13 I knew, at age 18 I came out. I grew up in a Christian culture that didn't support my sexuality, I came out to my parents knowing they wouldn't support my sexuality. There have been times that have felt emotionally unbearable, where I've felt like who I am is wrong, shameful, and disappointing. When I look at this photo I see a proud, queer, androgynous, open minded human being. I see someone who is kind, artistic, passionate, and proud as fuck of who she is. I'm unbelievably grateful for the people who have gotten the queer community to where we are today. From the many trans women of color who started the gay movement at stonewall, to the drag queens, to the queers, to the dykes, to the allies, and everyone else who has fought / is fighting for gay rights / trans rights / black lives rights / women's rights / minorities rights. I love you, I appreciate you, I'm so proud of you, I'm so proud of me. Keep fighting for equality!!! 🌈🌈🌈 #gaypride #nycpride #lgbtq #gayrights

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P R I D E N Y C #TaiwanPride

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