Thousands fill downtown to celebrate at Seattle Pride Parade

Seattle Pride Parade 2018 (KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- Downtown Seattle was packed Sunday afternoon as thousands of people celebrated at the 44th annual Seattle Pride Parade.

One of the largest pride parades in the country, the parade started at 11 a.m. on 4th Avenue and Union Street and headed north along 4th Avenue. It finished up in the afternoon at 2nd Avenue and Denny Way near Seattle Center.

This year's theme was "Pride Beyond Borders."

After the parade ended, thousands kept the colorful celebration going around Seattle Center.

Mia Gangle came to the parade from California.

"The energy is so nice and seeing everybody come out to celebrate something so special and people's's just great," Gangle said.

The atmosphere is a lot different from what Mangle is used to in Bakersfield, California.

A lot different from what Polly Ann remembers as a kid, too.

"When I was still growing up, my mom was gay. And it kinda wasn't still accepted. So, to see how accepting it is now with everybody's kids and grand kids and all the school-age kids we have out's a great thing to see," Polly Ann said.

There were plenty of cheers as groups, politicians and businesses passed by.

"You don't have to worry about being judged for who you are here," Daniel Jones from Tacoma said.

Seattle has come a long way.

For many, it's a time to celebrate the strides made and come together to renew the call to keep up the fight.

"With this political climate, it's nice to just have a few hours with like-minded people where we can celebrate the ideals that we value and that we think our country should value," said Maddie Gangle, who came to watch the parade.

The Seattle Police Department said that on top of participating in the parade, there were many officers lined up along the streets to respond to any problems. Police told KOMO News there was no major issues throughout the day.

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