Jonathan Groff, Laverne Cox and Rea Carey Are Grand Marshals of NYC LGBT Pride March Commemorating 45th Anniversary of Stonewall Riots

By Adam Hetrick
29 Jun 2014

Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff
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Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, "Orange Is the New Black" actress and activist Laverne Cox and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director Rea Carey are the grand marshals of the 2014 New York City Pride March June 29, which runs from midtown Manhattan to the Stonewall Inn. 

"Our 2014 marshals are leaders in brilliant forms of activism through which LGBT people and their allies engage," said Pride March director David Studinski. "Individually, they represent the diversity within the LGBT community and the various struggles our community members have and continue to face. Collectively, their stories reinforce that no voice is too small nor weak to make change in our world - and it starts with being yourself."

Groff, a Tony Award nominee for Spring Awakening, stars in the HBO series "Looking," as well as the film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

Read Playbill.com's recent interview with Groff, who discusses "Looking," "The Normal Heart" and his own coming out.



Transgender actress and activist Cox stars on the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." 

Read the Playbill.com interview with Cox, who speaks about "OITNB," her dream roles and starting a casting revolution on stage and screen.

NGLTF, for which Carey is executive director, promotes civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.

The annual New York City Pride March commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The Pride March is organized by Heritage of Pride.

The 2014 march, which is themed "We Have Won When We're One," steps off at noon.

The two-mile march route begins in the caverns of Midtown Manhattan at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue. The march proceeds downtown via Fifth Avenue, turning west along 8th Street into the West Village until a sharp turn onto Christopher Street at Sixth Avenue. Marchers continue down Christopher Street, past The Stonewall Inn, until the route disperses at Greenwich Street.

As previously reported, Playbill altered its logo on the covers of all Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres from iconic yellow to rainbow in support of LGBTQ Pride Month this June. Playbill is commemorating LGBTQ Pride with a myriad of programs that celebrate the theatre's diverse community of artists, innovators and theatre lovers.