There has been even more reason to celebrate at the annual Twin Cities Pride Festival this year – the event comes the weekend after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
“The timing couldn't be any sweeter for this year's Twin Cities Pride Festival," Pride's Grand Marshall Andrea Jenkins told FOX 9.
WCCO spoke to many attendees who said the festival has changed a lot since it began 43 years ago – it's more accepted in the community, and more people are attending with their families and children.
“It’s definitely grown up a lot,” Miguel Eugenio, of St. Cloud Pride, told WCCO. “I think people are starting to realize that it’s good to accept people for who they are.”
Festival organizers and attendees maintain there's still a ways to go, but the Supreme Court's ruling is a big step in the right direction for equality.
The Twin Cities Pride Festival kicked off Friday with the Beer Dabbler pre-pride party, followed by the festival Saturday in Loring Park, featuring 400 exhibitors, food and beverage booths, and thousands of visitors.
The festival continued Sunday with a parade down Hennepin Avenue, as spectators crowded the sidewalks and nearby rooftops to get a view of the colorful parade.
Some tweets from the festival and parade: