Gay Pride parades step off across United States

NEW YORK (AP) - Gay Pride parades are stepping off around the world, in cities large and small.

In the U.S., rainbow flags line the streets of New York City's Fifth Avenue. Politicians including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are among those walking along a lavender line painted on the avenue from midtown Manhattan to the West Village.

Marchers are commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots, which are credited with launching the modern gay rights movement.

In Chicago, about 1 million people are expected at this year's Gay Pride Parade. It's the first since Illinois' same-sex marriage law went into effect. Chicago's parade is also in its 45th year.

Parades are planned Sunday from coast to coast. Festivals were held Saturday in France, Spain, Mexico and Peru.

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