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Gay pride parades step off across United States

Christian Pacheco, left, of San Jose, Calif., gets help putting on his mustache from Flor Villartoro (right), before the start of the 44th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday,  in San Francisco. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender celebration and parade is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the nation. The pair were marching with a group from Barefoot Wine.
Christian Pacheco, left, of San Jose, Calif., gets help putting on his mustache from Flor Villartoro (right), before the start of the 44th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday, in San Francisco. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender celebration and parade is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the nation. The pair were marching with a group from Barefoot Wine.

NEW YORK – Gay pride parades stepped off around the nation Sunday, in cities large and small, with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters celebrating a year of same-sex marriage victories.

In Chicago, as many as 1 million people packed the streets of the city’s North Side for the first gay pride parade since Illinois legalized gay marriage last month.

Charlie Gurion, who with David Wilk in February became the first couple in Cook County to get a same-sex marriage license, said there was a different feel to the parade this year.

“I think there is definitely like an even more sense of pride now knowing that in Illinois you can legally get married now,” Gurion said, as he posed for photograph after photograph with Wilk at the parade. “I think it is a huge thing and everybody’s over the moon that they can do it now.”

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