Cyndi Lauper is a grand marshal of Sunday's New York City Gay Pride Parade celebrating the state's first year of legal gay marriage.

Lauper is joined in leading the parade by Chris Salgardo, president of cosmetics brand Kiehl's, and Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov, the first gay couple to marry in New York City.

Parade organizers hope their “Share the Love” theme will encourage the spread of marriage equality to states that currently ban such unions.

Last year's parade took place just days after the legislation cleared its final – and highest – hurdle in the state Senate.

(Related: Andrew Cuomo: Gay marriage more meaningful than I imagined.)

“This year, we're celebrating being married,” Siegel told NY1. “The first lesbian couple to be married in New York City. And that's just great. I'm waiting for everybody else to follow me … or us.”

“I love pride because it's about celebration,” an emotional Lauper told reporters. “And we have a lot to celebrate, because it is finally a reality that everybody could get married in New York.”

In an op-ed published in The Huffington Post, Salgardo said Gay Pride was important because it “shows people that you are not alone, that there are millions of people just like you, it's okay to be who you are and be proud of it.”

“This year, Pride is even more special for me. My week of reflection also helped me realize that, as Grand Marshal, I hope that people, young and old, particularly those who haven't come out yet, see me and are encouraged to be themselves and embrace it. I am proof that once you do that, you can have every opportunity in life to not be afraid to be yourself,” he added.