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Detroit Gallery: Motor City Pride Parade Celebrates 50 Years of Struggle and Progress

June 12, 2022, 6:26 PM
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(Photo: Myron Watkins II)

A festive crowd marched in downtown Detroit Sunday to celebrate the annual Motor City Pride Parade for Michigan's LGBTQ community.

The participants marched down Griswold to Jefferson Avenue, looped past Huntington Place and ended up at Hart Plaza for festivities that continued into the evening.

The march comes in June, the same month New York City police raided a popular gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, in 1969. People fought back and it became known as the "Stonewall Riots," a turning point for the gay rights movement. 

In June 1972, Motor City Pride surfaced with the first march held in downtown Detroit to protest homophobic laws and promote LGBT rights. It later morphed into an annual festival. 

Deadline Detroit's photographer Myron Watkins II chronicles Sunday's event.

                        Photos by Mryon Watkins II

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