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NFL, MLB to participate in NYC Pride March for first time

The National Football League and Major League Baseball will join the NHL, NBA and WNBA and participate in the 2018 New York City Pride March later this month, reports OutSports’ Cyd Zeigler. It will mark the first time the NFL and MLB will take part in the annual event.

The NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and WNBA all have registered as participants in the march and will have floats in the parade. Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Hockey League both are expected to have representatives marching in the parade as well.

The National Football League will have a float in the parade that features former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan, who came out publicly last year. … Wade Davis, who often works closely with the league to further conversations about LGBTQ inclusion, will also be featured on the float.

… Major League Baseball will feature a huge contingent of about 200 employees, including out former MLB umpire Dale Scott and gay MLB executive and former player Billy Bean. Also on the float will be deputy commissioner Dan Halem.

Zeigler’s report also notes that MLB employees will serve as volunteers at the Pride Run and Youth Pride events on the same weekend as the march. San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers will march with Outsports at the event.

The NBA and WNBA became the first professional sports leagues to become official participants in the event back in 2016. The NHL will be making its second appearance at the march this year.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King has been named one of four Grand Marshals of the parade, which will take place in Manhattan on June 24.