Photos: Worldwide pride

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  1. Shawn Bodey, from New Haven, Conn., right, and others wait for the start of the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 27, in New York. (Tina Fineberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Turkish gay and human rights activists chant slogans and hold a giant rainbow flag during the Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul on Sunday. (Mustafa Ozer / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A reveler takes part in the Gay Pride Parade in Mexico City, Mexico, on Saturday. (Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Transsexuals gather during the Gay Pride Parade in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Saturday. (Rodrigo Abd / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A singer performs during the Gay Pride Parade in Santiago, Chile, on Saturday. (Claudio Reyes / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Men in costume take part in the Gay Pride Parade in Mexico City on Saturday. (Miguel Tovar / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Lindsay Dessart, of Lakeland, Fla., joins her sister Dara Cooley, and Dara's husband, Chris Cooley, of Riverview, Fla., at the Gay Pride festival in Paradise, Fla., on Saturday. (Cerri, Lara / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Police detain a gay rights activist at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday. Russian police detained several activists, apparently for holding an unsanctioned rally. Two dozen activists unfurled banners and chanted "Homophobia: the shame of the country" and "Marriage rights without compromises" before police arrested six people who offered little resistance. (Dmitry Lovetsky / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. These two joined the gay pride parade in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday. (Josep Lago / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Two men embrace at the gay pride gestival in Lisbon, Portugal, on Saturday. (Patricia Melo Moreira / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Hundreds of gays, lesbians and transsexuals marched through Sofia, Bulgaria, on Saturday. (Nikolay Doychinov / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Revelers take part in the gay pride parade in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Saturday. (Jose Cabezas / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 6/27/2010 3:56:41 PM ET 2010-06-27T19:56:41

Thousands of marchers and a rainbow of floats filled the streets of New York and other U.S. cities on Sunday as people celebrated gay pride, part of a weekend of events marred by a shooting death Saturday at a street party in San Francisco.

Participants in New York's annual parade, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson, made their way down Fifth Avenue toward the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Throngs of people turned out despite the heat and humidity on Sunday to watch the city's annual parade.

One of the parade's grand marshalls was Constance McMillen, the lesbian teenager who sued her Mississippi school district over its policy banning same-sex prom dates.

San Francisco's 40th annual gay pride weekend started Saturday at Civic Center Plaza, where thousands converged as vendors sold barbecue and burritos and DJs spun tunes on a large stage. The party later moved into the city's Castro District for the "Pink Saturday" street party, where police said a 19-year-old man was killed and two others injured in a shooting late Saturday.

It wasn't immediately clear if the violence had anything to do with the gay pride festivities.

Stephen Powell died early Sunday, said James Fiorica, an investigator at the Medical Examiner's Office. Powell was shot in the chest.

A 19-year-old man was arrested and a handgun was recovered, said Officer Samson Chan, a police spokesman. The name of the suspect was not released.

A 19-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were shot in the legs but are expected to survive, Chan said.

Thousands gathered to watch and participate in the city's gay pride parade. The Backstreet Boys were due to perform and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is from San Francisco, was scheduled to deliver a videotaped address to revelers.

Chicago's parade included the first-ever float from the Cubs and an appearance by the Stanley Cup — NHL's championship trophy.

The Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup title since 1961 this year, and the parade marks the first time the trophy has been on display at a gay-themed event, according to the Hockey Hall of Fame's Phil Pritchard.

"We are thrilled that it worked out as it's important for the city and important for the franchise," Blackhawks spokesman Adam Rogowin said.

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Video: Gay advocates critical of Obama

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    >>> people are celebrating gay pride today, even as many lament a lack of pride on gay rights issues in washington. an associated press says that instead of the sweeping change gays and lesbians had sought, a piece by piece approach has been the administration's favored strategy. drawing neither lavish praise or criticism.

    >> i know you wrote in the " wall street journal " on friday about all of this. what do you want to say to the president?

    >> i wrote the piece on friday in an effort to get the president to act more boldly, more in keeping with the promises he made during the campaign. we eek elected him because we thought he would be a leader on equality for gays and lesbians and lead us into the future, and the future is now. things changing very rapidly. i talk in my piece that everybody from laura bush to megan mccain to dick cheney and al gore have all come around and said gay people ought to get married and that's our number one issue, and the president still supports for civil unions and says is he for full equality. we would like him to move especially on this.

    >> are there areas where the president has met your expectations?

    >> you know, he's done a lot, more than any other president so far, but, of course, he doesn't have a lot of competition except for perhaps bill clinton , that category. and he's made some significant announcements and made an effort around don't ask, don't tell. we think he could have asked the don't ask, don't tell discharges right away, and the military has been allowed to stall on this, even though 80% of americans support open service by gays and lesbians in the military.

    >> all americans, gay and otherwise, are certainly upset by the oil spill and the issues in iraq and way. does that give you consolation that perhaps the president's heart is in the right place, but the practicality may not be there?

    >> i will say that i served in the white house on president clinton 's staff. and i appreciate it can be a busy police, hard to get stuff done. but i don't buy into the notion that you can only do so many things. the man is the president. he can put somebody in charge of it and have them run with it, number one. and number two, i think this glass half empty , half full equation is not really smart. i mean, you're either fully equal or you're not. when it comes to basic fundamental issues that are so important to us in america, like full equality, you are either equal or you're not. i think he could push much harder on a lot of issues.

    >> what does the president need to publish realistically for him to maintain the support he has had with his last election when you look ahead to 2012 ?

    >> before he runs for re-election, he has to come out for marriage equality . ted olson is prosecuting the case in california. and i think the president has to be on the right side of history on that. elected officials everywhere are moving, and he needs to be with us on that.

    >> i understand you'll go to the gay pride parade in new york right after this.

    >> we will march with mayor bloomberg , with senator gillibrand and senator schumer, all of whom support marriage equality in new york state.

    >> enjoy the parade. quite a spectacle and a lot of fun to watch.

    >> thank you, alex.


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