Why I March @ NYC Pride

Why I March @ NYC Pride

Yesterday, I was able to take part in the NYC Pride Parade with our global client, Mastercard. Along with a the XBC social team, we joined Mastercard on their float to celebrate the LGBTQI community along with thousands of New Yorkers. The excitement was in the air as we lined up in midtown east, and continued as we marched downtown.  

I chose to march to show support for the community that I absolutely adore. It’s important to embrace who we really are and to celebrate it, not just at Pride, but every day. I’m so glad that we have clients at McCann that feel the same way, and that we can participate in these events together. 

Here are a few of our McCanners on why they chose to participate and what the love about the day: 

  • Integrated Producer Katie Henry: “I chose to march because I’m a proud member of the LGBTQI community and the NYC Pride Parade is one of my all-time favorite days of the year. It’s a reminder of how big our community is, showcases how supportive we are of one another and, it’s one big dance party! The energy, the support, the love is so overwhelmingly beautiful, my heart is full.”
  • Jr. Designer Erika Hedgecock: “What I love about Pride is how it allows people to truly be themselves in an environment with overwhelming love and support. The energy of the crowd was filled with not only pride, but love and general togetherness that was truly special to be a part of. The number of people who turned out was inspiring, and overall just an amazing display of light, love, and peace.”
  • Strategist Eden Ben-Haim: “I chose to march because I believe that your identity should never be a barrier. It was amazing to march with colleagues, clients and citizens of New York to celebrate equality.”
  • Sr. Social Strategist Gui Velasquez: “As we danced and celebrated alongside the Mastercard float on 5th Ave, I thought of all the people that fought for our very right just to be here together and express our true selves. I marched in gratitude of the civil rights pioneers that made all of this possible, and for the friends, family and allies that support us no matter what.” 
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