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Andy Cohen and his bevy of Bravolebs were on hand on Sunday (June 30) to celebrate at the NYC Pride March as WorldPride wrapped up in the streets of the Big Apple. The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host was joined by Bravo talent from across the network, several drag queens, and a bumping playlist, and just like he promised: It was all pretty wild.
Right before the float sailed down 5th Avenue in NYC, the talent arrived, the music was grooving, and the party kicked off. "The float is going to break gay Pride. It really is. It’s basically my baby shower, but on a float," Andy previously said, via The Hollywood Reporter. "People are truly going to lose their minds. It’s honestly going to be next-level."
And, believe us, that's exactly what happened. Whoever saw Andy, who was ruling over the float from behind the DJ booth while they were making their way down the parade route, lost their minds because, let's face it, he is pretty iconic. And the same went when they noticed any of the equally-legendary Real Housewives or various other Bravolebs who made their way to NYC for the festivities. Shahs of Sunset star Reza Farahan was also on hand to casually remind everyone by shouting it out loud how fabulous everyone looked (he was right — everyone turned it up for the parade). BTW, everyone was dancing like crazy to the disco-heavy music coming from the float and filling the streets.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Margaret Josephs spoke to The Daily Dish ahead of the event and shared why she felt it was such an important event: "I was always involved and I was always championing my gay friends and now that I can be really involved and have a platform to do it, it's super, super important. It's unfortunate that this many years later that things are going on like this [and] that we still need to be allies — that this is even an issue."
Other revelers on the float included Tinsley Mortimer, Billie Lee, Captain Sandy Yawn, Patricia Altschul, Nene Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Eva Marcille, LeeAnne Locken, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Kelly Dodd, and Gizelle Bryant, as well as several special guests: host and Andy’s assistant Daryn Carp, WWHL's Gay Shark, Jackie Cox (Drag Lisa Rinna), Chelsea Piers (Drag Erika Jayne), Ginger Snap (Drag Captain Sandy), and Paige Turner (Drag Lisa Vanderpump).
Ginger Snap spoke to The Daily Dish before the event kicked off and shared that they met a year ago at WWHL, and that Captain Sandy even stopped by Lips in NYC where she works to check her out. And their friendship goes even deeper: "This shirt is from her. "She ordered me this shirt with the name and the epaulettes. it's amazing... its phenomenal. It's about spreading more love in the world and when you spread love, you get love back. And that's my message: it's like for me being a drag queen in the world, I love to spread more love. Forget about the hate. With Captain Sandy, who you see on TV is who she is in person and that's what I love about her and that's what I love playing her."
About Sunday's event, Ginger Snap added, "To be here on this historic day [as Stone Wall celebrates its 50th anniversary] on the Bravo float, which is so historic because it is the first Bravo float in a historic parade, it is so monumental. I just got chills because today means so much to me. I am so proud to be who I am and nobody can ever change it. So to be here today, on this float, is an honor."
Meanwhile Paige Turner was equally pumped about the day, telling The Daily Dish: "First ever [Bravo float]! Isn't that amazing? I'm grateful to be apart of it. Yeah, feeling the feels. Fifty years and to think how far we've come, and there's always more to do, but we have to just be grateful and be in the moment to be like we get to have this. It's a beautiful day. There's so much joy and love... I have to say it's crazy. It's hot, exhausting, but it's the most rewarding thing to look out and see people."
Noelle Robinson also spoke to The Daily Dish about attending the big event alongside her equally-fab mom, RHOA's Cynthia Bailey: "So I'm super excited to be here. It's my first pride. This is my first time I was supposed to be at Pride, so I'm just super excited."
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