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Gay Pride parades across United States

Seattle: Marchers stretch out a large pride flag across the street during the 40th annual Seattle Pride Parade Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Seattle, Wash. This year's theme was "Generations of Pride." (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

Gay Pride parades across United States

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. 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. (AP)

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