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10,000 join Pride Parade: organizer

Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade walk along Memorial Boulevard.
The sunny, warm weather made it a perfect day for a parade.
Thousands turned out for the parade Sunday.
Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade walk along Memorial Boulevard in front of the Manitoba Legislature Sunday.
Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade walk along Memorial Boulevard.
Colourful costumes are a staple of Pride Parade.
Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade take to downtown streets.
A participant shoots a selfie in the 2014 Pride Parade.
Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade walk in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building Sunday afternoon.
The Pride Winnipeg Festival ran from May 23 – June 1 and consists of an array of cultural events that celebrate the incredibly diverse community that supports or identifies with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, two-spirit, and queer people.
The rainbow flag was aflutter at the 2014 Pride Parade.
A homemade go-kart was this participant's mode of transportation.
Colourful costumes and wigs are de rigueur at the Pride Parade.
There were prizes handed out for best costumes.
Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade walk along Memorial Boulevard. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
The sunny, warm weather made it a perfect day for a parade. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Thousands turned out for the parade Sunday. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade walk along Memorial Boulevard in front of the Manitoba Legislature Sunday. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade walk along Memorial Boulevard. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Colourful costumes are a staple of Pride Parade. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade take to downtown streets. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
A participant shoots a selfie in the 2014 Pride Parade. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade walk in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building Sunday afternoon. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
The Pride Winnipeg Festival ran from May 23 – June 1 and consists of an array of cultural events that celebrate the incredibly diverse community that supports or identifies with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, two-spirit, and queer people. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
The rainbow flag was aflutter at the 2014 Pride Parade. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
A homemade go-kart was this participant's mode of transportation. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Colourful costumes and wigs are de rigueur at the Pride Parade. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
There were prizes handed out for best costumes. - Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press

Shades and good spirits were the only mandatory requirements for attending the 27th annual Pride Parade today.

Droves of colourful personalities, fantastical floats and decorated dogs marched down Memorial Boulevard and wound around the streets of downtown Winnipeg, effectively conquering seven blocks of traffic before returning to their starting point at the Manitoba Legislature.

Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade take to downtown streets.

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Participants in the 2014 Pride Parade take to downtown streets. Photo Store

Pride Winnipeg’s parade and rally director, Ryan Zacharias, estimated at least 10,000 people came out to show their support for Winnipeg’s LGBTQ* community.

In 1987, 250 people attended the first-ever Pride Parade in Winnipeg.

"There was no space in any of the medians or along the sidewalks, it was completely packed with people. It was amazing," said Zacharias.

Many little ones were on hand to celebrate too, including eight-month-old Hadley Harding, who hung out in a bright pink baby carrier and a bucket hat from her father’s neck.

"It’s her first Pride and my 21st Pride," said dad, Garry, who was beaming while holding hands with husband, Jason Hamilton.

Another first-time parade-goer, Mistee McLean, said she came to Pride to celebrate the LGBTQ* community and her bisexuality.

"We’re all entitled to our rights and freedoms of speech, so why not support happiness?"

The Pride Winnipeg festivities wrap up today with a festival at The Forks and an after-party at the Metropolitan Event Centre.

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