A month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, five hundred peaceful protesters gathered in Washington Square Park to express solidarity and gay pride. Forty-six years later, the New York City LGBT Pride Rally continues to serve as the official kickoff for Pride Week. Taking place at Pier 26 in TriBeCa, the rally features dozens of well-known speakers and performers and attracts thousands of attendees. The rally goes from 7 to 9:30pm. For more information, visit nycpride.org.