On Sunday, New York City was filled with an abundance of sunshine and rainbows. The month-long celebration of LGBTQ Pride culminated with the New York City Pride March – a literal display of flying colors. We spent the fun-filled afternoon with singer-songwriter Sam Tsui and his husband Casey Breves as they made their way to the parade and explored the surrounding streets in the West Village. With roots on the East Coast (Tsui’s from Pennsylvania, Breves is from New York and the two met in college at Yale, in Connecticut), New York’s Pride event is special to them – they love the energy of the day, and the neighborhoods on the parade route.
Before hitting the streets to celebrate Pride, Tsui and Breves think about why they #ShowUp. ‘It’s all about love,” Breves writes, while Tsui notes: “We have to celebrate each other!”
The couple shows their pride while napping on the grass.
Tsui and Breves talk about why they’re excited for the upcoming New York Pride celebrations.
Before braving the crowds, Tsui and Breves soak up some sun in Washington Square Park.
Amid the sea of parade-watchers, this mega-fan finds Tsui for a hug.
Spectators rock rainbows along the streets of the West Village all day.
“Ever since the wedding last year, we’ve been doing more and more LGBT community stuff,” says Tsui. “It’s become a bigger part of what we do.”
If you forgot your bling, you could grab last-minute Pride gear throughout the city. Breves picked up a beaded tie: He’s convinced he will get some serious use out of it.
Tsui was feeling underdressed and snags some new, subtle flair.
This snake joined the festivities in the West Village, where the march concluded after passing by Christopher Street – the location of the 1969 police raid that launched the modern gay rights movement.
Tsui and Breves cooled off with some ice cream (with rainbow sprinkles, of course) at the infamous Big Gay Ice Cream on Grove Street.
The couple cools down with some Pride-themed ice cream cones – a must on a hot June afternoon.
“I love [married life]. It’s fun in addition to doing the music and career stuff to have a domestic life and cook and make our house nice and I’m all about that,” Tsui says.
“I love the way that the parade just picks up people and they keep marching down the street,” says Breves. “It goes through so many awesome neighborhoods, too.”
“It’s so special to just be a part of a day that’s all about celebrating love and expression and individuality and who you are and being proud of that which of course we are and I hope all of you guys watching are super proud, too,” Tsui says.