Dyke March NYC

Now in its 17th year, the Dyke March NYC is a protest, not a parade. The people who participate in this annual event are motivated by a desire to increase their visibility and make their voices heard.

Thousands of dykes take over the streets every year in celebration of lesbians and to protest against ongoing discrimination, harassment, and anti-lesbian violence in schools, on the job, in our families, and on the streets.

The march goes down Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park to Washington Square. While the organizers never obtain permits for the march, the NYPD takes a rather benevolent view. All along the route, police officers block traffic, pose for photos, wave and generally enjoy Dyke March duty.

Even though it rained during most of the march, one police officer remarked, “Watching these women is the highlight of my week.” I hope you agree.

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Police cars lead the way

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Police and marshalls stop traffic

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Here come the marchers

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Drummers keep the beat

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The rain didn’t dampen spirits

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Finally, the storm tapered off

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Marchers were drenched but happy

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Very happy

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Some were silly, too

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Kids also participated

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NYPD posing and grinning

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Spectators’ signs were wet but legible

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Marchers carried signs, too

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You don’t need a sign to carry a message

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A marshall in her “uniform”

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Dancing in the street

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A couple with a message

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Walking in the sunshine

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Visibility was important

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So was togetherness

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Her shirt says “I love my two moms”

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The march ended at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village

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These marchers were inspired by the Village People

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The mood in the park was celebratory

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And triumphant

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Rainbows appeared everywhere

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Even on flags

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Veterans of past marches sat and sang together

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Even visitors to the city showed their pride

Dyke March

7 Responses to Dyke March NYC

  1. Olivier says:

    je ne connaissais pas cette marche, de beaux portraits, j’aime beaucoup la photo “I love my two moms”.
    I did not know this step, nice portraits, I like the photograph very much “I love my two moms ”.

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  2. enigmacat says:

    wonderful pics!

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  3. bluestocking88 says:

    Annulla–your pictures are wonderful! I love how happy everyone looks.

    My husband has wanted me to visit New York for years, but your blog has made a trip more appealing than his descriptions.

    Miss you over in BC–

    Blue

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  4. I love the picture of the nailpolish! I had never heard about this event. Seems like everybody had a lot of fun.

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  5. Karl87 says:

    I would come to New York to see this. It would never happen in my city!

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  6. E says:

    I liked those nails!

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