Events, parades and protest mark Satisfaction worldwide

The month-long celebration of the 2SLGBTQ+ neighborhood reaches its exuberant grand finale on Sunday, bringing rainbow-laden revellers to the streets for marquee Satisfaction parades throughout the globe.

The wide-ranging festivities will operate as each jubilant events and political protests, as members acknowledge the neighborhood’s positive factors whereas additionally calling consideration to rising anti-2SLGBTQ+ sentiments.

This is a take a look at a few of the occasions on Sunday.

New York Metropolis

The primary Satisfaction march was held in New York Metropolis in 1970 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Inn rebellion, a riot that started with a police raid on a Manhattan homosexual bar.

This 12 months, tensions over the Israel-Hamas battle in Gaza are additionally seeping into the celebrations, exposing divisions inside a neighborhood that’s usually aligned on political points.

“It’s actually a extra lively presence this 12 months by way of protest at Satisfaction occasions,” mentioned Sandra Perez, the manager director of NYC Satisfaction. “However we had been born out of a protest.”

An individual carries a canine on their again in the course of the New York Metropolis Satisfaction march on Sunday. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

Hundreds of individuals gathered alongside New York’s Fifth Avenue to have fun Satisfaction. Floats cruised the road as Diana Ross’s I am Coming Out performed from loudspeakers.

Satisfaction flags stuffed the horizon, and indicators in assist of Puerto Rico, Ukraine and Gaza had been seen within the crowd.

Protesters quickly blocked the New York parade on Sunday, chanting: “Free, free, free Palestine!” Police ultimately took a few of them away.

Demonstrators sit on and block a street during a protest.
Professional-Palestinian demonstrators block a avenue in the course of the New York Metropolis Satisfaction march on Sunday. (Adam Grey/AFP/Getty Pictures)
A person wearing a rainbow-coloured face mask is detained by police.
Professional-Palestinian demonstrators are detained by police after blocking the road in the course of the New York Metropolis Satisfaction march on Sunday. (Adam Grey/AFP/Getty Pictures)


Hundreds attended one in every of Canada’s greatest Satisfaction parades in Toronto, the place marchers carried a big rainbow flag down Yonge Road.

Like in New York Metropolis, the occasion was disrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters, which briefly precipitated an altercation between some protesters and a few attendees.

A number of pro-Palestinian teams collaborating in marches round the world on Sunday mentioned they might search to focus on the victims of the battle in Gaza, spurring pushback from supporters of Israel.

Marchers carry a large rainbow flag down a street.
Folks carry a big rainbow flag down Toronto’s Yonge Road in the course of the Satisfaction parade on Sunday. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press)
A person wearing a costume pushes protesters with their faces covered.
Confrontations between Satisfaction marchers and pro-Palestinian protesters happen at Toronto’s Satisfaction parade on Sunday. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press)


Tens of hundreds of individuals packed sidewalks alongside Chicago’s parade route, a scaled-back occasion from earlier years.

Metropolis officers shortened the North Facet route, and the variety of floats was lower to about 150 from 199 over security and logistical considerations — together with to higher deploy police into night hours, as post-parade events have turn into extra disruptive in recent times.

Chicago’s parade, one of many largest in america, routinely attracts a couple of million individuals, based on town.

Marchers hold up balloons arranged to spell out, 'Pride.'
Individuals carry balloons spelling ‘Satisfaction’ throughout Chicago’s parade on Sunday. (Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Pictures)


Revellers marched in Bangkok to have fun Thailand’s passing of the wedding equality invoice, which made it Asia’s third territory to legalize same-sex unions.

Two people in tuxedos hold hands and gesture during a parade.
Homosexual couple Apiwat Porsch Apiwatsayree, left, and Sappanyoo Arm Panatkool attend a Satisfaction parade in Bangkok on Sunday. (Patipat Janthong/Reuters)
Two people smile at each other as they show off their wedding rings to the camera.
Lesbian couple Juntagon Seneewong Na Ayutthaya, left, and Kamontip Aurareemaitrichit showcase their rings at Bangkok’s Satisfaction march on Sunday. (Patipat Janthong/Reuters)


Turkish police detained protesters in Istanbul on Sunday for collaborating at a banned Satisfaction rally, looking the streets after members had dispersed. Police declined to remark.

The Istanbul Governor’s Workplace mentioned earlier on Sunday that the Satisfaction march wouldn’t be permitted. Turkish police blocked central Istanbul to forestall the march from happening, shutting down metro stations and blocking visitors on the primary streets.

People chant and hold up flags during a Pride parade.
Protesters maintain an impromptu Satisfaction demonstration in Istanbul on Sunday after the governor’s workplace banned an annual Satisfaction march. (Emrah Gurel/The Related Press)
People with hands restrained behind their backs by zip-ties are led into a vehicle by police.
Demonstrators with their wrists restrained by zip ties are detained by police in Istanbul on Sunday. (Kemal Aslan/AFP/Getty Pictures)


The Indian city of Dharamshala celebrated its second-ever Satisfaction with a march accompanied by drums.

A Satisfaction occasion was additionally held in Kolkata, in India’s West Bengal state.

People march down a street during a parade accompanied by drummers.
Folks participate in a Satisfaction parade in Dharamshala, India, on Sunday. (Ashwini Bhatia/The Related Press)
A person applies face paint on another.
One particular person paints the face of one other as they take part in a Satisfaction stroll in Kolkata, India, on Sunday. (Bikas Das/The Related Press)

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