New York's theme park creates Pride parade through scale model cityscape.
In celebration of 50 years of Pride, LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester, New York may have reduced the scale of the annual event but not the size of its message.
The amusement park is celebrating Pride month brick by brick, literally, in its Miniland attraction with its pint-sized recreation of the famous parade.
Miniland reconstructs the New York cityscape with detailed models of famous landmarks. This year being the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the toy brand built a commemorative installation which took about 25 hours and 750 bricks to complete.
The scene consists of floats, costumed minifigures, and a marquee which reads "Stonewall 50."
LEGOLAND's Marketing Executive Nicholas Hurst expressed the significance of Pride in New York and the importance of inclusion at any age.
“Playing is a universal way for every child and family to connect," Hurst said to News 4. "LEGOLAND Discovery Center really makes sure all kids can come and not have any kind of stigma or judgement, and just be there to have a great time with their family and friends.”
Master model builder Willis Reifsnyder defined the brick as a gestalt in a way.
“There are approximately 60,000 different Lego elements in different shapes, in different sizes and colors,” Reifsnyder said. “Each one’s unique, is important and serves a purpose... to create such vibrant art.”
According to LGBTQ Nation this isn't the first LEGO installation to celebrate the LGBT community.
England's Discovery Centre Birmingham also added a Pride theme to their mini city scene which included their signature plastic effigies of the Village People
The New York display is up until the end of June.
San Diego Pride doesn't happen until July. There is no word on whether or not LEGOLAND, San Diego will follow New York's lead.