Thousands flock in record heat to Seattle Pride Day
SEATTLE - Tens of thousands of people flooded downtown Seattle streets Sunday for Seattle's annual Pride Parade.
The march kicked off at 4th Avenue and Union Street and ended at Seattle Center. Hundreds of people marched in the parade, police say. The city estimates about 200,000 people were at the event.
The parade is one of the largest in the county. Similar marches were held in New York, San Francisco and other large cities.
This is the Seattle Pride Parade's 43rd year. This year's theme is, “Indivisible." Organizers say it "conveys the core principle of our country. We are stronger together."
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said on Twitter that the city is celebrating unity and a strong community.
A few protesters carrying signs with bible verses disrupted the pre-parade celebration but police kept things moving.
Later on, a group of peaceful protesters blocked the parade route near 4th Avenue and Pine Street.
The group linked hands and arms and asked for 30 minutes of silence for Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old mother shot to death by Seattle police last week.
Parade officials initially told the group that they could have 30 seconds, but the group stayed there for a full half-hour, singing songs and speaking out about police accountability.
The sit-in stopped all parade traffic and ended peacefully.
Parade participants marched as temperatures soared across Puget Sound, with some areas hitting mid-90s. The Seattle Fire Department had EMTs on hand and set up a cooling center at 4th Avenue and Lenora Street.
Earlier in the day, a giant rainbow flag was raised atop the Space Needle.
Temperatures will likely cool off heading into Monday. Watch below to see the parade as it moved through downtown.