06/04/2012 12:40 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gay Pride 2012: 18 Surprising Facts

Did you know that the Mafia owned the Stonewall Inn when the famous riots took place in 1969? Or that there were originally eight stripes on the Rainbow Flag, not just the current six?

While you might consider yourself a veteran Pride partier, there are plenty of interesting tidbits surrounding the Pride movement that you might not know.

Before you hit the parade route this June, educate yourself with our slideshow of 18 LGBT Pride facts below.

And be sure to keep up-to-date with our ongoing Pride 2012 coverage.

18 LGBT Pride Facts