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(KSL News) Utah's gay, lesbian and transgender population is demanding and attracting more attention these days. And that certainly was true today as "Pride" weekend got under way in downtown Salt Lake City.

The festival kicked off with food and displays. There is a concert tonight at City Hall. The big event is tomorrow morning: A parade full of colorful characters, but real people, too. It'll move down State St. to Washington Square.

The number of people in the parade has grown since the first year it was held. It started with 130 people. There were 700 last year.

Yana Walton said, "It really helps not only to educate Utahns about our really large GLBT population here, but also educate people in other states about Utah and let them know we really have a diverse, thriving community that lives."

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is welcoming the GLBT community along with the parade tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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