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Thousands filled the streets of Chicago for the annual gay pride parade

Hundreds of thousands attended the annual Chicago Pride Parade the celebrate the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.

ABC has the report:

Thousands of people lined the streets on Chicago’s North Side for the 43rd annual Pride Parade.

And show off their pride they did.

“We came here as a family,” said parade goer Jazmine Graciani. “Everyone here is family even if Idon’t know you. Today, you’re family.”

For the 43rd year, the city’s annual Pride Parade got off to a colorful and festive start with a theme of “Pride Links Us Together.”

“In the early years it was pretty much gay people in the parade, but now we have our friends, relatives and coworkers,” said parade organizer Rich Pfeiffer.

The parade itself was as diverse as the community it represents. It was colorful. It was loud and it was proud.

Read the full article via ABC LOCAL

Enjoy a gallery of photos via CHICAGO TRIBUNE