Sunday, June 15, 2014

PHOTOS: Pride Parade takes over downtown

Posted By on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM

The 23rd annual Pride Parade took over the streets of downtown Spokane on Saturday, with thousands of people showing support for the LGBTQA community. Banners, cars, demonstrators, floats and people filled the streets with color and excitement.

The parade began on the corner of Northwest Falls Boulevard, traveled down Riverside, passed River Park Square and concluded between Howard and Wall at Riverfront Park. Celebrations did not stop after the marching, with post-parade festivities found throughout Riverfront Park.

click to enlarge An equality flag waves in the wind at the Pride Parade. - MATT WEIGAND
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An equality flag waves in the wind at the Pride Parade.

click to enlarge A participant holds a sign saying 'It gets Better' at the Pride Parade. - MATT WEIGAND
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A participant holds a sign saying 'It gets Better' at the Pride Parade.

click to enlarge Participants show powerful messages at the Pride Parade. - MATT WEIGAND
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Participants show powerful messages at the Pride Parade.

click to enlarge A man wears an equality flag at the Pride Parade. - MATT WEIGAND
Matt Weigand
A man wears an equality flag at the Pride Parade.

click to enlarge Participants march through the streets of downtown Spokane during the Pride Parade. - MATT WEIGAND
Matt Weigand
Participants march through the streets of downtown Spokane during the Pride Parade.

click to enlarge Participants march through the streets of downtown toward the parade's conclusion at RIverfront Park. - MATT WEIGAND
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Participants march through the streets of downtown toward the parade's conclusion at RIverfront Park.

click to enlarge Parade participants hold up hearts as they reach the end of the route. - MATT WEIGAND
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Parade participants hold up hearts as they reach the end of the route.

click to enlarge Brandon Hockett yells at a protester demonstrating against same-sex marriage. - MATT WEIGAND
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Brandon Hockett yells at a protester demonstrating against same-sex marriage.

click to enlarge Cherish Hood argues with a man protesting against same-sex marriage. - MATT WEIGAND
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Cherish Hood argues with a man protesting against same-sex marriage.

click to enlarge Bart Deen aka Savannah Soked encourages people to move away from the parade protesters. - MATT WEIGAND
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Bart Deen aka Savannah Soked encourages people to move away from the parade protesters.

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