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The Latest: Security Tight At New York City Gay Pride Parade

Sunday Jun 26, 2016

The Latest on gay pride parades nationwide (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

Onlookers have already started lining up along Fifth Avenue to get the best vantage point for New York City's famous gay pride parade.

Police were busy tightening the metal barricades to contain a crowd they say is expected to be bigger than usual this year. In addition to uniformed officers, police say a ramped up security force includes plainclothes officers mingling with observers.

Parades in San Francisco and other cities Sunday will also see increased security. There will also be tributes to the victims of this month's massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida that left 49 people dead.

Pre-parade activities included a handful of people walking down traffic-free Fifth Avenue holding banners with photos of those who died in Orlando.

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12:55 a.m.

Last year, New York City's storied gay pride parade celebrated a high point with the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide. This year, the atmosphere surrounding the march is very different.

Parades in San Francisco and other cities Sunday will also see increased security. There will also be tributes to the victims of this month's massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida.

Celebrations planned around such themes as supporting transgender people have quickly taken on new meanings.

But organizers don't want to eliminate the exuberance of events rooted in declaring that gay people aren't afraid to be seen and heard.

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