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.
Police cars lead the way
Police and marshalls stop traffic
Here come the marchers
Drummers keep the beat
The rain didn’t dampen spirits
Finally, the storm tapered off
Marchers were drenched but happy
Some were silly, too
Kids also participated
NYPD posing and grinning
Spectators’ signs were wet but legible
Marchers carried signs, too
You don’t need a sign to carry a message
A marshall in her “uniform”
Dancing in the street
A couple with a message
Walking in the sunshine
Visibility was important
So was togetherness
Her shirt says “I love my two moms”
The march ended at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village
These marchers were inspired by the Village People
The mood in the park was celebratory
Rainbows appeared everywhere
Even on flags
Veterans of past marches sat and sang together
Even visitors to the city showed their pride