Updated 06/24/2012 04:24 PM
Manhattan Hosts Annual Gay Pride March
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Spectators lined up in full force Sunday to watch the 43rd annual Gay Pride March make its way down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
It was the first Pride March since same-sex couples were legally able to marry in New York State.
This year's theme was "Share The Love," with organizers calling on other states to legalize same-sex marriage.
"It feels so great," said one parade-goer. "We came out to show our support and what a good feeling we have after we were able to legally get married so it's awesome."
"I've been here for every year for the last 20 years or so and it's always fun every time," said another.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was an advocate of gay marriage and signed the bill into law a year ago, was cheered along Fifth Avenue.
Newly married City Council Speaker Christine Quinn also showed her pride.
"I'm thrilled, you know, a year ago I was marching with my fiance and today I'm marching with my wife and my dad and the mayor and the governor and it couldn't be more exciting and it's so great to get to see New York continue to lead in the struggle for human rights," Quinn said.
"This is another one of those great parades in New York. Perfect weather, lots of people celebrating, lots of people using it to get together. There's a serious message here. The message is government should stay out of your personal lives, I've always thought that," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
For the first time, the parade also featured a float with active U.S. military members, who can now serve openly since the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
Parade goers say even though same sex marriage is legal in New York State their fight is not over and say they are not going to stop until it is legal in every state.
NY1's parent company Time Warner Cable sponsored the event.