June 28, 1970

Community members in New York City march through the local streets to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots.  This event is named Christopher Street Liberation Day, and is now considered the first gay pride parade.

Despite widespread fear of police obstruction and public violence, the march took less than half the scheduled time due to excitement, but also due to wariness about walking through the city with gay banners and signs. Although the parade permit was delivered only two hours before the start of the march, the marchers encountered little resistance from onlookers.

All of the New York City gay and lesbian groups participated as well as visitors, and the march attracted national media attention.  A sister march held by the Christopher Street West Association was held in Los Angeles.