PHOTOS | Pride 2020: NYC marks 50th anniversary of Pride amid Covid-19 pandemic

There were protests, rainbow flags and performances — it was LGBTQ Pride, after all.But what was normally an outpouring on the streets of New York City looked a little different this year, thanks to social distancing rules required by the coronavirus. With the city’s massive Pride parade cancelled, Sunday’s performances were virtual, the flags flew in emptier than normal spaces and the protesters were masked.The disruption caused by the virus would be an aggravation in any year, but particularly in this one, the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in New York City.A number of people in the crowd at Foley Square held signs reading “All Black Lives Matter,” with a black fist surrounded by rainbow colours. Most wore masks, though some scrapped social distancing in favour of hugging friends. One man held a sign advertising free hugs.

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A person wearing rainbow-coloured wings and a matching rainbow-coloured tee-shirt walks through the street during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. (AP)

A person wearing rainbow-coloured wings and a matching rainbow-coloured tee-shirt walks through the street during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. (AP)

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A man carries a Billy Porter puppet during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. The march commemorated the 50th anniversary of the gay Pride movement in lieu of New York's normally massive gay Pride celebration which was cancelled this year due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. Porter is an openly gay performer. (AP)

A man carries a Billy Porter puppet during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. The march commemorated the 50th anniversary of the gay Pride movement in lieu of New York's normally massive gay Pride celebration which was cancelled this year due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. Porter is an openly gay performer. (AP)

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A participant holds a portrait of Tamir Rice, a 12-year old Black boy who was killed in Cleveland, Ohio by a white police officer, during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. The march was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pride movement after New York's massive Pride march was cancelled due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. (AP)

A participant holds a portrait of Tamir Rice, a 12-year old Black boy who was killed in Cleveland, Ohio by a white police officer, during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. The march was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pride movement after New York's massive Pride march was cancelled due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. (AP)

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A person wears pride themed boots as they await the start of a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. The march commemorated the 50th anniversary of Pride after New York's normally massive gay Pride march was cancelled due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. (AP)

A person wears pride themed boots as they await the start of a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. The march commemorated the 50th anniversary of Pride after New York's normally massive gay Pride march was cancelled due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. (AP)

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A person wearing a translucent rainbow-coloured cape with the words Black Lives Matter written on it spreads it out as they march during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. (AP)

A person wearing a translucent rainbow-coloured cape with the words Black Lives Matter written on it spreads it out as they march during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. (AP)

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Protesters stretch out a banner at the beginning of a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. (AP)

Protesters stretch out a banner at the beginning of a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. (AP)

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A person holds up a sign referencing the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar that was the site of a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York, as marchers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the gay rights movement. \ (AP)

A person holds up a sign referencing the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar that was the site of a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York, as marchers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the gay rights movement. \ (AP)

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Protesters march through the streets during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. (AP)

Protesters march through the streets during a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in New York. (AP)

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People hold signs as they participate in a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Lower Manhattan in New York. (AP)

People hold signs as they participate in a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Lower Manhattan in New York. (AP)

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