>> This year we have an obligation to our nation in the wake of Orlando to show what pride and inclusion looks like.>> Massive gay pride parade set to kick off Sunday in New York and other major cities across the US, taking on a new sense of resilience after the massacre at a gay night club in Orlando.
Reuter's correspondent Barbara Goldberg.>> So the lead float in the parade here in New York is the owner of the nightclub and also the entertainment manager of Pulse nightclub. And there are expected to be about 1.6 million observers at the parade this year.>> The nightclub shooting bringing a new symbol to this year's Gay Pride parades.
The rainbow LGBT flag will be joined Sunday by the orange shirts and pins of the anti-gun violence movement, the increased resonance this year also coming with increased vigilance. The police in New York are ramping up security. There has not been a specific threat against the parade, but in general, they feel they need to add more officers, more bomb-sniffing dogs, radiation detectors.
>> Come on down, gay or straight, come on down. It's one of New York's great, great attractions and great, great events. And it will be safe.>> New York's parade will culminate at the Stonewall Inn, seen as the birthplace of the gay rights movement.>> Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights.
>> On Friday, President Barack Obama designated Stonewall the first US national monument specifically honoring LGBT civil rights.