Pride Parade draws thousands to downtown Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Thousands of people showed their pride Sunday in downtown Salt Lake City during the annual Pride Parade.

It's a wonderful turnout. This is always one of the best prides around the nation.

–Luana Chielli

People waving flags and riding floats marched down State Street in celebration of diversity. Those in attendance called for equal rights for Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Utah Pride parade route. Click to enlarge.
Utah Pride parade route. Click to enlarge.

"I think this is important because I think everyone should be equal," said Bridget McNulty.

Organizers of the annual Utah Pride Festival say attendance and revenue of at this year's weekend-long events will likely break last year's record of 20,000 people.

"It's a wonderful turnout," said Luana Chielli with the Utah Board of Governors. "This is always one of the best prides around the nation."

Pride Center spokesman Michael Westley credits the festival's success to greater public acceptance of the LTGB communities.

The Pride Parade is Utah's second-largest parade.


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