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SLIDESHOW: Charleston Pride celebrates with parade and rally

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The 2012 Charleston Pride festival held its signature event Saturday morning, a large parade that ended in a rally at Riverfront Park.

The Charleston Pride festival, which began Thursday, July 12 and will run through Sunday, July 15, celebrates the LGBT community while working to seek equality for Gays and Lesbians.

This morning's parade kicked off at 2 a.m. at Park Circle. Floats and participants made their way down Easy Montague Avenue while hundreds of spectators stood on the sides of the road cheering.

The parade then made its way to Riverfront Park for a rally that began at noon.

The family-friendly rally consisted of over 50 merchants who lined the park with tents offering food, beverages, items and their support for the LGBT community.

Rita Elaine Taylor was the Pride Rally's Grand Marshall. She has been a leader for the Charleston Gay and Lesbian community for a number of years, supporting its members and organizing fundraising events.

The day was filled with live music from such acts as Ejay Day from American Idol, Lily Slay, Future Trunks and Crys Matthews.

The Rally ended at 5 p.m., but not before drag performances by the New Emperor and Empress of Charleston Pride.

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