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Before the drifts began rolling at the PRIDE Night Parade in downtown Las Vegas Friday, organizers of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event understood the 17th annual celebration would be more unique than in previous years.
“There is a lot more excitement out there from the neighborhood,” said Las Vegas Pride President Jorge Solorio, 28. The credit for that goes to the USA Supreme Court, which this summer season ruled that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to wed.
. Bikes rumbled right after “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sung. American flags fluttered beside rainbow banners. The parade corridor, on 4th Street, from Gass to Stewart opportunities, shone with additional street lighting, multi-color light sticks and glittery outfits put on by spectators and individuals.
“Color our World with Pride” was 2015’s style, Solorio stated. Some drifts showcased music and dancing while Clark County emergency situation vehicles flashed their lights.
Rithy Khim, 21, cheered, jumped, stretched his arms and waved his rainbow flag, and scarf, which matched his T-shirt. He existed to celebrate equality. “We’re all equal and we just want to be dealt with the exact same, much like everybody else.”
2 of his friends appeared simply to support him. Khim said this year’s parade is unique since of the Supreme Court’s choice on same-sex marriage.
Brittney Hinau, who wore her hair loose and red, described herself as being pansexual and echoed Khim. “These are my individuals,” she stated, spreading her arms large. “I’m right here for this love, this joy, the rainbow, the enjoyable.” She admired Nevada’s choice to allow same-sex marriage and said the nation is altering.
“It’s happening. It’s going to stay in this manner,” Hinau stated. “And this is the world today.”
With the recent court decision, Solorio hoped more individuals would don’t hesitate to be open about their sexuality, without worry. “Even those who may have been frightened in the past, now they are willing to be more open and true to themselves.”
Thousands of people of all ages grinned and cheered as the floats passed by. The event drew households, couples and singles, numerous of whom brought their animals.
Hinau’s conclusion: “Love will be a good thing. Everybody will be accepted, ultimately.”
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The 2015 Las Vegas PRIDE Parade makes its way down 4th Street in downtown on Friday, Sept. 18. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5).
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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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