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Crowds gather in Duluth for Duluth-Superior Pride weekend

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There has been a lot to celebrate at this year's Duluth Superior Pride weekend, with revelers rejoicing the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year that essentially made same-sex marriage legal throughout the nation.

Crowds of people flocked to Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth Saturday for a day of festivities – Saturday is known as the "crown jewel" of the event-filled weekend, FOX 21 reports.

The Supreme Court's ruling was among many reasons that made this year's pride festival so memorable, WDIO notes. Some couples in attendance were celebrating their wedding, while others marked recently coming out to their parents, the news station says.

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There were no protesters at Saturday's event, the Duluth News Tribune says, which shows the growing acceptance of the gay community since the first event was held in 1986 – back then, the event didn't even use the word gay and most people were keeping their sexual orientation a secret, the paper notes.

The festivities continued into Sunday with a parade, worship service and a drag show. The drag show, which begins at 8 p.m., raises money for those living with HIV/AIDS in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, Duluth Superior Pride says.

The $5 cover charge, plus additional donations, go to benefit those living with the illness in the region, and also go towards providing awareness and prevention programs.

The weekend of events kicked off Thursday with a Mayor's Reception, where Duluth Mayor Don Ness welcomed guests to the Twin Ports for the weekend festivities, Northland's NewsCenter reported.

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