Millions of rainbow-clad celebrants around the country marched across their cities on Sunday to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.
This time last year, parade-goers were celebrating a major milestone with the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage. This year, the celebrations had a somber undercurrent following the Pulse nightclub shooting that left 49 dead in Orlando.
But it didn't hinder the celebrations—if anything, it added much more meaning to them.
Here are some of our favorite highlights from the country's Pride parades:
NYPD sending its love to Orlando
NYPD represents at #PrideNYC "Our 💚 goes out to Orlando." #Pride #PrideParade pic.twitter.com/FWD6ds9cJL
— Emanuella Grinberg (@grinsli) June 26, 2016
A man showing his support for all the LGBTQ lives lost
in memory of the LGBTQ lives that were lost to hate crimes, and suicide 🌈 #parade
A photo posted by Yves Mathieu (@the_yvesdropper) on
San Francisco City Hall lit up in rainbow colors
U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs in the Iraq war, rolling through the streets of Chicago with Pride
A memorial at the Stonewall Inn, which Mayor Bill de Blasio just designated a National Monument
FDNY EMT Julianna Arroyo proposing to now-fiancée FDNY EMT Erika Marrero
A view of love and acceptance from a float in Chicago
So much love and acceptance at #pridechicago @1035kissfm. The view from our float! Thanks to our hard working team for making sure we were there and LOUD! @djnurotic was there, of course!
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Hillary showing her support for the LGBTQ community
Happy #NYCPride! pic.twitter.com/ZV75RMBiM2
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 26, 2016
Transgender teen Jazz Jennings as the parade’s youngest-ever Grand Marshal
Jazz Jennings, Parade Grand Marshal #jazzjennings #iamjazz #nycpride #prideparade #pride #lgbt #greenwichvillage #thevillage #westvillage #nyc #manhattan #iheartny #instagram
A photo posted by bigcityjohn NYC (@bigcityjohn) on
Buildings in Chicago lit up colorfully for Pride
#pride #chicago ❤️💛💚💙💜
A photo posted by Dylan (@dylan_paul92) on
A woman gleefully celebrating her first Gay Pride
My Lil' sis Dilone came out and celebrated her first Gay Pride! @_dilone 🌈
A photo posted by m c g i n l e y s t u d i o (@ryanmcginleystudios) on
A teenager full of Pride is finally meeting a real-life drag queen
My favourite photo from #pride2016, the Teenager finally gets to meet a real life drag queen! pic.twitter.com/8DO70DSEau
— Kate Bottley (@revkatebottley) June 27, 2016