NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thousands gathered in Central Park Saturday to kick off Gay Pride weekend in New York City.

5,000 people hit the pavement for the 5-mile run, the largest LGBT sporting even in NYC and the crowd had even more reason to celebrate this year, CBS2 Ilana Gold reports.

“We’re all really excited so proud and happy we’re going to have a bigger and better reason to run today,” said Ashley, one of the runners.

This year, they aren’t just here to spread a message of tolerance. These runners are also celebrating Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

This crowd says the timing couldn’t have been any better as they kick off Gay Pride weekend.

“I cried when I found out,” said runner Michelle Ramoni. “I never thought I would live to see this day.”

The event is extra special for Bill Bulman as he and and his partner celebrated by getting engaged.

In the West Village, people are still celebrating marriage equality at the Stonewall Inn.

Charlie Pack of Bayside, Queens was spotted taking pictures in front of the place where the Gay Rights Movement started.

“I’m excited,” Pack said. “I’m 62 now so maybe I still can get married someday.”

Sunday’s Pride March begins at noon at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue.

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