Thousands celebrate Pride at Minneapolis parade


Thousands of Minnesotans gathered in Minneapolis for the 42nd annual Twin Cities Pride Festival this weekend.

The event celebrates the LGBT community and gay rights, and is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, WCCO says.

"It's so cool," Austin Czichotzki, a Minneapolis resident, told KSTP. "I mean there's such diversity all around. You look around and there's so many different kinds of people, all coming together for a similar goal."

The two-day event is highlighted by Sunday's Pride parade, which was led by co-grand marshals former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and current Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, who is the first female police chief and the city's first chief to be openly gay, the Pioneer Press says.

Here's a look at some of the weekend's festivities:

Heavy bouts of rain didn't stop hundreds of festival goers from converging on Loring Park Saturday to kick off the annual celebration. (Photo: Twin Cities Pride on Instagram.)

Some buildings in Minneapolis were also in spirit for the weekend:

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