New York is lighting up iconic landmarks to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride

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(CNN)— New York will light up several major landmarks across the state in the colors of the Pride flag to celebrate Pride weekend.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the initiative in a statement on Friday.

"New York is the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement, and this year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in New York City," Cuomo said.

"Lighting these landmarks is just one way we can come together this month and celebrate the progress we've made and send a clear message to the federal government and the world that LGBTQ people are welcomed in this state, and we will never stop fighting for equality."

The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge adorned the colors of the transgender flag Friday night, but the rest of the landmarks will light up starting Saturday night including:

One World Trade Center

Pershing Square Viaduct

Kosciuszko Bridge

Mid-Hudson Bridge

Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center

SUNY Central Administration Building

State Education Building

Alfred E. Smith Building

Niagara Falls

State Fair Main Gate

Exposition Center

In addition, organizers have moved Pride events online with virtual parades and livestream concerts to celebrate in light of the coronavirus.

Some of the livestream concerts NYC Pride is sponsoring include Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, and Billy Porter.

"We have and continue to lead the way on equality," Cuomo said.

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