3rd annual Pride Parade celebrates Montgomery LGBTQ community

3rd annual Pride Parade celebrates Montgomery LGBTQ community
A rainbow of colors filled downtown Montgomery on Saturday for the 3rd annual Pride Parade.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A rainbow of colors filled downtown Montgomery on Saturday for the 3rd annual Pride Parade. It's a celebration of the LGBTQ community.

The parade began at Club 322 in Montgomery. Marchers then made their way to the Alabama State Capitol steps to show their support for members of the LGBTQ community.

"People need to understand that equality matters and people matter and we support those people who stand up and speak and march alongside us, so it's about unity, it's about acceptance, it's about acknowledging who we are as Americans from every walk of life," said Vice President of Montgomery Pride United Daniel Johnson.

Over 100 people came out to promote equality and inclusiveness for the LGBTQ community.

"I think it's just really important to show people that there are people who aren't the same and it's okay and that's okay that they're different," said Jonathan Chandler said.

This was his first year participating.

There were a few protesters.

"All men are slaves to sin apart from Jesus Christ and Christ is the only one who can set us free, so we believe that it gives across a message of what we want to portray that Christ saves sinners and to trust and obey him," said protester David Day.

"We're here because these people need Jesus, and they're looking for all kinds of stuff, and they're looking for love and there's no greater love than the love of Jesus Christ," said protester Phil King.

They both said they were promoting love, not hate.

Those in attendance said the protesting was expected, and that they didn't let it stop them from getting out their message of love and acceptance and supporting one another.

"I'm here to support all of my friends and just let everyone know that it's okay to be who you are and that it's a safe space," Chandler said.

The celebration continues Saturday night with a variety show at The Sanctuary starting at 9 p.m. Events will pick back up on Sunday with a pride festival at EAT South in Montgomery starting at noon.

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