Tens of thousands turn out for Twin Cities Pride Parade

The changed route didn't stop a big crowd from lining the streets.
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Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans descended on downtown Minneapolis for the annual Twin Cities Pride Parade.

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have been celebrating Pride all weekend, leading up to Sunday's showpiece parade that made its way through downtown to Loring Park.

An estimated 300,000 people attended the festivities, despite an altered route resulting from downtown construction work.

The parade usually takes place on Hennepin Avenue, but it's closed for construction, which meant the parade switched to 2nd Avenue.

At one point the weather threatened to put a dampener on festivities as sporadic showers erupted at various points throughout the morning.

But ultimately it stayed dry enough to allow the many in attendance enjoy the parade in comfort before moving on to the booths and entertainment at Loring Park.

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter were among the local leaders involved in the parade, along with U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, Reps. Dean Phillips and Angie Craig, and Minnesota's Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.

This year's Pride Festival marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which paved the way for the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

Check out some of the sights and sounds from Sunday's parade.

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