NYC parade to get boost from same-sex milestone

By the Associated Press | June 26, 2011 | 2:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's biggest gay pride parades could turn into a victory celebration after New York legalized same-sex marriage.

Parade organizers expect half a million people to participate in Sunday's march in New York City, which comes two days after state lawmakers transformed the wedding dreams of gay couples into reality.

The law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn't take effect for 30 days, but already many couples are talking nuptials.

There may even be a few surprise engagements during the parade, which begins at noon at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue before heading downtown.

It ends at Greenwich and Christopher streets, near where the so-called Stonewall riots helped trigger the gay rights movement in 1969.

The gay pride parade was organized in 1970 to commemorate the riots.