These men have beef with one another, Phil Tufano bellowed from the center of the boxing ring in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s, a 110-year-old Italian restaurant in Brooklyn’s Coney Island. An FDNY battalion chief by day, on this night Tufano had traded his uniform for a white tuxedo jacket, black bow tie and black patent-leather shoes that glistened like the top of his hairless head under the bright police spotlights in each corner of the outdoor ring.
Tens of thousands of marchers paraded through New York streets Sunday in a huge Gay Pride parade, with many proudly carrying rainbow flags or waving virulently anti-Trump signs.
On foot, astride motorcycles or riding on flatbed trucks, participants slowly covered the 2-mile route from Midtown Manhattan to Greenwich Village, where the movement for homosexual rights was born after the so-called Stonewall riots of 1969.
Under a brilliant sun, hundreds of police officers and some of New York’s most prominent politicians — Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer, all Democrats — marched cheerfully alongside participants, some of the latter in the scantiest of outfits. (AFP)
Each year on Easter, celebrants don festive finery and show off their very best bonnets along Fifth Avenue. Immortalized by Irving Berlin (with some help from Judy Garland and Fred Astaire), the pageant is a New York City tradition that stretches back to the 1870s.
Starting at about 10am and continuing until 4pm, the parade marches north on Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street to 57th Street. The best place to watch is from the area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral; better yet, bring your bonnet and join the parade.
“Hope springs eternal” for the major-league teams and their fans who flew south to Florida’s Grapefruit League to catch a glimpse of their favorite team and players. Fans watched players stretch, participated in workouts, sought autographs, selfies and enjoyed the national pastime in the Florida sunshine.