ASBURY PARK, N.J. — More than 40 groups participated in Sunday’s LGBT pride parade in Asbury Park, N.J., as spectators were treated to the rhythm of marching bands, chants of “We love our LGBT,” and groups decked out rainbow attire.
Organizers and community members say this year’s pride events in New Jersey are more meaningful to the gay community because of the passage of same-sex marriage into law in 2013.
Article continues below“I’ve been involved since the beginning, and you can’t help but reflect back on what’s happened in the past year and what’s happened since the beginning, when we first started,” Jersey Pride president Laura Pople of Jackson told the Asbury Park Press.
Pople said the event attracted more than 20,000 people, more than years past.
“We’ve come a very long way. We owe a big debt to the people who resisted police at Stonewall to really get the ball rolling,” said Luisa Pastor, 66, of the Ocean Grove section of Neptune.