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Pridefest Parade Held In Downtown El Paso

El Paso’s gay community paraded through downtown this weekend in the third annual Pride Parade – part of this year’s Pridefest.

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple – the colors of diversity brightened El Paso’s downtown for the parade. “There’s still issues, not just here, everywhere, but it’s getting better,” said one parade participant.

“You don’t see this everyday and it’s great to have people around us feeling what we feel every day,” said another attendee.

As floats and flags paraded through the streets, hundreds showed their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.

Festival attendees say this year was the biggest crowd they had seen so far.

“It makes me happy because it means it’s growing; hopefully people won’t be so closed-minded,” said one person.

“Hopefully this means people will start supporting us more,” said another.

United as one community, attendees say it’s about respect and celebration – personal expression through a day of celebration.

The Pridefest street festival continues Sunday, June 6 with a party at Wet-N-Wild starting at 10 a.m.

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