WEST VILLAGE — The crowds were especially jubilant at Sunday's Pride Parade, three days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
"This is historical, this is so good," said Mariline Ramos, 54, who came from Connecticut to watch the parade as it turned onto Christopher Street. "I am so freaking happy — no more hiding in the shadows."
Ramos cheered with happy tears as the procession — which included Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio — made its way past. The parade wound down Fifth Avenue, as throngs of rainbow-flag waving onlookers filled the sidewalks, packed densely from the curb to the buildings.
Gay marriage has been legal in New York state for several years. Still, the Supreme Court's decision inspired many couples to go get married Sunday.
David Contreras Turley, 36, wed Peter Thiede, 35, in front of the Stonewall Inn Sunday morning, in a ceremony that seemed to catch even their own parents by happy surprise.
"I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness," said Turley's mother, Yolanda Turley-Stalder, describing the moment she found out Saturday morning that her son's September wedding was bumped up to Sunday, and would be conducted by the governor.
"It's one of the happiest days of our life."
It was Cuomo's first time officiating nuptials after being granted the authority to perform weddings as part of a slew of legislation passed only days ago.
Turley, an associate director at Human Rights Campaign, worked closely with Cuomo leading up to the 2011 legislation that legalized gay marriage in New York.
Thiede is an analyst for UBS. The newlyweds live together in Washington Heights.