This year’s 44th annual Pride celebration in New York City and in other cities marked a special milestone on Sunday.
New York’s most-colorful, loudest and proudest parade was extra loud, extra colorful and extra sweet-smelling, thanks to the Supreme Court tossing the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, and a new candle scent and wedding favors company introducing its unique services.
New York City’s Pride Parade marched down Fifth Avenue proudly showed-off 84-year-old Edith Windsor, who was led by millions of applauds after her case urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a major part of D.O.M.A.
“It’s a thrilling experience for this old lady,” added Windsor, who had challenged DOMA after the death of her spouse left her with an Internal Revenue Service bill that a straight couple would not have received.
Today, many same-sex couples could not only marry one another in certain states, but will receive the same benefits straight couples have.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed New York’s historic gay marriage law in 2011, also thought this year’s parade did have an extra beat and added, “It’s been a great period of progress for the gay community, and it’s heartening to see society evolve.”
Moreover, the parade also introduced many new companies and services, which included Celebriscents, a scented candles and wedding/party favors company specializing in scents celebrating people, places and lifestyles through aromatherapy.
“Oh my god, I smelled your candles all the way from the stage,” said a passerby and customer at the Celebriscents’ booth. Celebriscents creatively names their scents after famous people, places and lifestyles.
The scented candle company was a hit with their zodiac sign candles, as well as with their wine/cocktail scented candles like, “Merlot,” “Sex on the Beach” and “Cosmopolitan.”
As for the Pride Fest, it was the usual colorful, sexy, sweet, and gayest event ever with your conservative politicians marching along in search for the gay vote.
Last but not least, mega recording-artist CHER ended the concert of all concerts at the 27th Annual Dance on the Pier in New York City on West Street/West Side.
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