Pride Parade and Festival in downtown Las Vegas
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CREATED Sep. 6, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Traditional and non-traditional families of all ages and genders united in downtown Las Vegas Friday night in a call for acceptance of gays and lesbians and their lifestyles.
Margo Smith said, "It just changes people's minds about the negative way they think about us."
It's the 15th year for the Pride Parade and the 30th year for the Las Vegas Pride Festival.
A celebration of the LGBT community, many said has been a long time coming.
Mandi Hoffman said, "It's important to accept everyone for who they are."
Local divas were the warm up act for the parade that traveled down 4th Street to the Fremont Street Experience.
Among the parade judges was Action News traffic guy Micah Manalo.
Among the parade headliners was Las Vegas Divas own Frank Marino, and a host of Nevada lawmakers; including Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus and Nevada Senator Steven Horsford, showing their emotional support for the parade that Ronitta H. said, "Brings cash" to the local economy.
But it was clear from the crowd that the biggest benefit of the Pride Parade and Festival is the freedom to simply be.
Pride Festival celebrations continue on Saturday at the Clark County Government Center, with performances, exhibits and food.
The event runs from noon until 10 p.m.
Adult tickets are $15, youth tickets are $10 and children under the age of five get in free.