Pride: Caribbean and West Indians March in Gay Pride Parade, NYC 2011
By: Latha Jayakumar
Gay pride in New York City is a colorful
celebration unlike any other. Rainbow flags flapping in the breeze and body
paint are rampant but this year’s vibrant colors were taken to the next tier in
the colorful and ostentatious traditional Caribbean and West Indian costumes
worn by the Chutney Pride of NYC.
Chutney Pride is a community group from various
backgrounds, respects, personalities & lifestyles that promotes unity in
the Caribbean and West Indian gay communities. The group has thrown many
fabulous LGBTQ parties and events in NYC to bring together people of varying
nationalities and at times raise donations for various charitable causes.
They participated in this past Sundays NYC Gay
Pride Parade on June 26th 2011. They marched from 36th Street & 5th Avenue
all the way to Christopher & Greenwich all while balancing large feather
filled head pieces and rocking sparkly bikinis which are main features of the
colorful carnival costumes that are worn in the Islands.
The group was followed by a large red truck
referred to as the "BIG TRUCK" on which even more proud supporters
and enthusiasts celebrated on in their own original Caribbean and West Indian
The over all vibe of the entire parade was one of
celebration and triumph in regard to the recently passed bill legalizing same
sex marriages in the state of New York. While Chutney Pride echoed identical
sentiments they managed to stand out in a crowd of marchers with eye catching
and over the top gorgeously traditional carnival style costumes.
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& West Indians Chutney Pride, Gay Pride Parade NYC 2011 Album
gay pride 2011 Album
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