Thousands turn out for Gay Pride Parade and Rally

Thousands turn out for Gay Pride Parade and Rally

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thousands lined King Street Saturday and filled Brittlebank Park for "Charleston Pride," the fourth annual gay pride parade and rally.

This year was a milestone for Charleston Pride. It's the first time it has been held downtown. The event is usually held in North Charleston.

The parade started bright and early at 9 a.m. Floats cruised down King Street with their music blaring, and their message clear: Charleston has a large and vibrant gay community.

Friends, couples, and entire families stood along the parade line to cheer on the floats. There were some who opposed the celebration, handing out pamphlets criticizing homosexuality.

"According to the bible, homosexual behavior is a sin," said David Musco. "We just want our city to be aware of the sin that it is causing."

Overall, gay pride flags waved high and people said they had a great time.

"This just means more support for us from the community," said Hauni Davis. "It gets us out there."

"It's all about love," said Ryan Fender. "You know you can't help who you love."