You may think the Pride Parade in Buffalo each year is just some local gathering of Gays celebrating their rights, achievements, and lifestyle acceptance with a big colorful Parade with people dressed up in innovative outfits, etc....but it's actually far more reaching and significant.

The Pride Parade actually kicks off a month long National celebration to, according to the Library of Congress, honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.  The Stonewall Riots in '69 was the signature event that pretty much validated and catapulted the Gay Rights Movement in the United States.

According to the Library of Congress, the purpose of LGBT Pride Month is as follows:

The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Video from Last Year's Event: