The 2015 Las Vegas PRIDE Parade makes its way down 4th Street in downtown on Friday, Sept. 18. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5).
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -.
Las Vegas PRIDE began in downtown Friday night with a parade that drew tens of countless people.
Organizers call it the most significant parade in Las Vegas. It’s one of just a handful of parades that happen during the night, and with significant strides in marriage equality this year, the 17th annual celebration has added significance.
“It’s all about love, and it’s fantastic to see all these individuals out right here in support of love and approval,” parade attendee Donna Combs stated.
“I [had] enjoyable at every PRIDE occasion I’ve been to from Cleveland to Atlanta, and now Las Vegas. Las Vegas so far is the top of the program,” parade attendee Derrick Gardner said.
Major corporations like MGM Resorts and Bank of America were among the almost 100 groups that walked or rode the parade route.
“We have actually got 98. It’s a record day for us, for entries. I would state 20 percent are brand brand-new. With laws changing and marriage equality, there are a lot more companies being engaged with the LGBT neighborhood,” Las Vegas PRIDE Executive Director Ernie Yuen stated.
Same-sex marital relationship wasn’t legal in Nevada during the 2014 parade.
The Las Vegas PRIDE Celebration is set to begin at noon Saturday at the Clark County Federal government Center. This marks the 32nd year of Las Vegas PRIDE, which was initially held at Sundown Park.
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