Jonathan Groff, Laverne Cox and Rea Carey Named Grand Marshals of NYC Pride March
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, "Orange Is the New Black" actress and activist Laverne Cox and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director Rea Carey have been named the grand marshals of the 2014 New York City Pride March.
"Our 2014 marshals are leaders in brilliant forms of activism through which LGBT people and their allies engage," said Pride March director David Studinski. "Individually, they represent the diversity within the LGBT community and the various struggles our community members have and continue to face. Collectively, their stories reinforce that no voice is too small nor weak to make change in our world - and it starts with being yourself."
Groff, a Tony Award nominee for Spring Awakening, stars in the HBO series "Looking," as well as the upcoming film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart. Transgender actress and activist Cox stars on the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." NGLTF, for which Carey is executive director, promotes civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.
The annual New York City Pride March commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The 2014 parade will commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Riots. The Pride March is organized Heritage of Pride.
The 2014 march, which is themed "We Have Won When We're One," steps off at noon on Sunday, June 29.
The two-mile march route begins in the caverns of Midtown Manhattan at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue. The march proceeds downtown via Fifth Avenue, turning west along 8th Street into the West Village until a sharp turn onto Christopher Street at Sixth Avenue. Marchers continue down Christopher Street, past The Stonewall Inn, until the route disperses at Greenwich Street.
As previously reported, Playbill will alter its logo on the covers of all Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres from iconic yellow to rainbow in support of LGBTQ Pride Month this June. Playbill will commemorate LGBTQ Pride with a myriad of programs that celebrate the theatre's diverse community of artists, innovators and theatre lovers.
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