Madonna fans excitedly waited for their idol to get into the groove and help close out a record-breaking Pride day in Manhattan on Sunday.
The Material Mom was set to perform for 7,000 lucky stars at the River Island stage on Pier 97 at Hudson River Park, with throngs of fans pouring in starting at 2 p.m., hours before she was expected to take the stage.
Tickets sold out when rumors of a Madonna appearance first spread in March — three months before she confirmed she would show during a video on the Today show, saying, “I’ll be in Pride Island, where I was born.
“It means everything to me to be at WorldPride,” she told Out magazine. “I’m proud of having been even a small part of fighting for LGBTQ+ equality.”
Fan Luigi Mazzel, 34, said it would be his sixth time seeing her in concert.
“I’ve followed her all my life. I grew up with her — she’s one of the icons of my generation,” said Mazzel, an early arrival.
“She puts on a great show, so we’re very excited to go see her.”
Theresa Massony, 25, also arrived early, excitedly calling Madonna “the gay icon.”
Roger Kockerill, 32, came from Philadelphia for the show.
“I’ve seen her many, many times, so she’s worth the wait,” he said.
Chase Hostoer, who manages many of the dancers set to appear during the show, said it was “pretty surreal” to be getting so up close to the superstar.
“We’re going to be front and center, 5 feet from her,” he said of what he predicted would feel like a “private concert.”
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