This weekend will be the sixth year Loving Day, nationwide celebrations marking the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Multiracial Americans are the fastest growing demographic group according the latest census figures (AP). This year holds special significance because of the election of Barack Obama, the first multicultural US president. June 12 marks the anniversary of the court ruling, but Loving Day Celebrations are typically held the closest weekend. This year it’s Sunday, June 7!

The New York City Loving Day Celebration will be the largest event one this Sunday, June 7, from 3-7pm at Solar 1, located on the East River waterfront at 23rd Street in Manhattan (2420 FDR Drive, Service Road East, New York, NY 10010). Free barbecue for everyone all day. Free beer for the of legal age from 3-4pm will be served for the first hour. DJ’s Dhundee and Tyler Askew will be spinning the outdoor grooves. This year’s celebration is generously sponsored by Asahi, Puma, Good Magazine, Cupid’s Lab, Mixed Child, Sugar Cuts Music, Rude/MFT, World Up, and Solar One. The event is open to everyone, including guests of all ages.

Loving Day events are also planned this year in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, Miami, Salem, OR, St. Louis, MO, Santa Cruz, CA, Jonesboro, GA, Canoga Park, CA, State College, PA, and Tokyo, Japan.

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Photos from Loving Day Celebrations 2007 & 2008 in New York City.

Top photo by Willie Davis. All other photos by Michael Kirby.