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Jen and Kathy ride on a motorcycle in (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Jen and Kathy ride on a motorcycle in the 2012 Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. (June 9, 2012)

Long Island Gay Pride Parade

Thousands turned out as Long Island celebrated the first gay pride parade since same-sex marriage was approved in the state.

Male and female racers line up for the
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Male and female racers line up for the High Heels Race, just before the start of the Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. (June 9, 2012)

Karen Thomas, of Huntington, marches with her shih
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Karen Thomas, of Huntington, marches with her shih tzu, Fluffy, in the Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. (June 9, 2012)

J.T., of Jericho, holds a rainbow-colored umbrella while
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

J.T., of Jericho, holds a rainbow-colored umbrella while helping to carry the famous Stonewall flag in the Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. (June 9, 2012)

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From left, Theresa McCormick, of Levittown, Kay Krajack
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

From left, Theresa McCormick, of Levittown, Kay Krajack and Amy Valles of Washington D.C. help carry the famous Stonewall flag in the Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. (June 9, 2012)

Jen and Kathy ride on a motorcycle in
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Jen and Kathy ride on a motorcycle in the 2012 Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. (June 9, 2012)

Audrey Francheska, of Ridge, marches in the 2012
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Audrey Francheska, of Ridge, marches in the 2012 Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. (June 9, 2012)

Bee Seise, of Huntington, foreground, and Pablo Diablo,
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Bee Seise, of Huntington, foreground, and Pablo Diablo, of Selden, show parade spirit before the start of the Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. (June 9, 2012)

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice marches with
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice marches with her dog, Pearl, in the Long Island Gay Pride Parade in Huntington. Behind her are marchers carrying the famous Stonewall flag, a symbol of the battle for gay rights. (June 9, 2012)

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