Jonathan Groff & Laverne Cox Named Grand Marshals of 2014 NYC Pride March
Heritage of Pride, organizers of NYC Pride and the annual New York City Pride March, today announced the Grand Marshals for 2014. This year's marshals are Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Transgender Activist and "Orange is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox; and Broadway, film, and television actor Jonathan Groff, appearing this summer in "The Normal Heart."
"Our 2014 marshals are leaders in brilliant forms of activism through which LGBT people and their allies engage," said March Director David Studinski. "Individually, they represent the diversity within the LGBT community and the various struggles our community members have and continue to face. Collectively, their stories reinforce that no voice is too small nor weak to make change in our world - and it starts with being yourself."
The March, the largest in the United States, commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots, widely known as the birthplace of the LGBT equality movement. The 2014 March will honor the 45th anniversary of the Riots. Celebrating great progress, while acknowledging ongoing equality-seeking efforts in the U.S. and world, the 2014 NYC Pride theme is "We Have Won When We're One."
"Each year our marshals share a piece of their lives with every single person cheering along the March route," said Media Director Tish Flynn. "Their efforts reach beyond those along Fifth Avenue, to countless others across the globe who continue to face oppression."
The marshals will ride convertibles along the two-mile route, which begins in the caverns of Midtown Manhattan at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue. The March proceeds downtown via Fifth Avenue, turning west along 8th Street into the West Village until a sharp turn onto Christopher Street at Sixth Avenue. Marchers continue down Christopher Street, past The Stonewall Inn, until the route disperses at Greenwich Street.
The 2014 March steps off at noon on Sunday, June 29. Registration for interested groups is open through June 7, subject to availability.