Where to celebrate this year’s New York City Pride March

New York was already turning rainbow-colored early Sunday hours before the start of the official Pride march.

As millions were expected to watch the annual march — billed as the biggest LGBTQ demonstration and celebration in the world — many proudly swamped the city with rainbow colors and flags hours before the noon start.

Revelers were also awaiting performances by huge names in pop, including Madonna, Melissa Etheridge and Jake Shears.

“I am a bit emotional right now,” said teary-eyed Richard Jackson, a 73-year-old who came from London for the march that carries added emotion for marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

“I did not want to miss this one,” he said, calling a visit to the Stonewall Inn “like putting the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together.”

Up to 1,000 also gathered at an earlier, more political protest on Christopher Street, the Reclaim Pride Coalition’s Queer Liberation March.

“It’s about revolution and liberation, like the first marches that took place after Stonewall,” said 75-year-old Phyllis Bloom.

Congressman Jerry Nadler — a founding member of the House Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus — was one of the supporters of the alternative march.

“I’m here because the people who organize this March are more along the lines of the original marches,’ he said. “They’re more focused on the political issues.”

Harvard law grad Charlie Corbett, 28, carried a caricature of activist David Wojnarowicz, who died of AIDs in 1992, for the Queer Liberation event.

“I’m marching here to get back to the roots of Stonewall,” he said.

Manhattan artist Pat Oleszko, 72, said, “I’m at the alternative march because the other one is too reprehensible. I don’t support the commercialism.”

Actor Chris O’Neill, 37, carried masks that “symbolize what we feel for all those who died fighting for our rights.”

“I’m marching in this parade because it’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and it’s important that we go back and remember what started it,” he said.

The official event steps off at noon from 26th Street, with 150,000 marchers and more than 400 floats heading south on Fifth Avenue to Eighth Street, then turn west and onto Christopher Street before heading north on Seventh Avenue to 23rd Street.

Grand Marshals include the cast of “Pose,” Phyll Opoku-Gyimah — the co-founder of UK Black Pride — members of the LGBTQ suicide hotline, The Trevor Project, and transgender activist Monica Helms.

Melissa Etheridge is due to headline the closing ceremony in Times Square, with other performers including Jake Shears, British singer MNEK, Deborah Cox and the cast of Broadway’s “The Prom.” Margaret Cho is the host.

Madonna, meanwhile, is due to close out the final day of Pride Island at Pier 97 at Hudson River Park.

Julia Ferrara, 63, a retired DoT heavy equipment operator from East Meadow, Long Island, has attended the Pride marches for at least 10 years.

“I’m in a straight world all day, now I come out and it’s gay people all over. I am among my own kind,” she said.

“Fifty years is a long time. We’ve come a long way,” she said of the Stonewall demonstrations that pathed the way for her being able to get married last year.

Josh Davis, 30, wore an eye-catching rainbow suit as he attended with partner Thomas Davis, 30, with them traveling from Beaumont Texas, just for Pride.

“We came to experience something bigger! The scale is unbelievable. You can fit the pride in Beaumont Texas into one block,” he marveled.

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