As many people know, the modern gay pride parade has its roots in protest marches of the 1970s. Throughout the 70s, the queer community in cities around the world would hold solidarity marches to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. These marches only started becoming festive events after the community in Sydney, Australia decided to turn their march into a “gay Mardi Gras” in 1978. But what most people don’t know is the incredible price this first group of revelers would have to pay. Riot is their story.