Hundreds celebrate Charleston Pride Festival and Parade

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - King Street was lined with hundreds of people for the Charleston Pride Parade on Saturday morning.

Robbin Wells says she's been attending the Charleston Pride events since they started in Charleston about 20 years ago, she's amazed by the growth and they get larger every year.

"Now we are having a parade in downtown Charleston King Street Charleston so we've evolved so I'm super excited for Charleston," Well said.

After the parade was the Pride Festival in Brittlebank park. Organizers says it's the cornerstone of the events this week. Businesses and organizations have booths set up around the park. Musicians and other performers will provide entertainment throughout the day.

Charleston Pride Week is an annual event where people are sending a message.

"Love is love is love," Pride Festival goer, Beth Lover said.

Kids and adults were showing their support for the LGBT community.

Roman Wadford's attended the pride parade with his parents.

"Everyone deserves a chance at society," Roman Wadford said.  "There shouldn't be any hate because someone likes the same gender or something like that we're all people."

That's the message for the week, celebrating diversity while supporting equal rights.

"Being out here today is so overwhelming because there is a wonderful sense of community and positive energy and love and celebration," emcee of the Pride Festival, Patti O' Furniture said.

Mayor John Tecklenburg was the Grand Marshall of the Pride Parade and showed his support during the festival as well. People were happy that he was part of the festivities.

"With the marriage equality and now we can adopt in all 50 states, everything is coming into place," Pride Festival DJ, Beck Danger said.  "We're here, we're happy and we're living life."

Today was also a time where people remembered the victims killed at Pulse, the gay night club in Florida.

"I hope one day people will realize that we're not different from them and we'll be more accepted  in this society than we are," Pride Festival goer Sarah Patrick said.

There was a moment of silence during the festival for the victims.

"In June when everything happened with Orlando the first thought was being here today," Danger said. "I'm going to tell you there's no fear we're standing out proud and we're having a great day today."

A local band, the give & the take, performed a song they wrote to honor the victims.

The theme for Charleston Pride 2016 is Stand Out.

"We want to stand out, we are proud of who we are and we want everybody to be proud of who they are and come out and celebrate with us," Patti O' Furniture said.

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