Originally starting as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, this weekend’s New York Gay Pride parade marks 44 years of LGBTQ pride.
Among the millions who came to New York to show their pride (including Hillary Clinton and many others) The East Coast Two Spirit Society also came to participate in the parade with dancers, a pow wow drum group and even music DJ Red Daughter.
Two Spirit musician Tony Enos (Eastern Band Cherokee) said the entire event was “Effing amazing! All of the hard work everyone did, all of the stress to put all of this together, all of it was absolutely worth it to see the hundreds of thousands of people in support of everything.”
“The whole event was just a blessing, to feel such love and support was incredible,” said Enos.
All photographs were taken by ICTMN Photographer Cliff Matias.
A small group of the EC2SS manages to pose for a quick shot during the parade.
Shawnee Rice a Mohawk DJ who goes by the name Red Daughter Mixing some Native Beats for the dancers and crowd.
Dancers Anastasia McCallister (left) and Vee Perz (right) embracing the millions of spectators along the way.
As part of the EC2SS float, Pow wow drumming by the drum group Silver Cloud was for the dancers as they moved down the parade route. The crowd erupted in cheer at every turn.
EC2SS chair Sheldon Raymore being interviewed at the parade festivities.
The East Coast Two Spirit Society shawl says it all.
NYC Native community members Josephine and Muriel Tarrant came out to show support for the Two Spirit community.
Eastern Cherokee singer and entertainer Tony Enos had the crowd rocking as he sang his song “Two Spirit” from his new CD.
The crowds went crazy with yells of support and cheers as the Two Spirit Society made its way down 5th ave.
Tony Enos (Cherokee) greeting the crowds.
For a moment all of 5th ave became Native.