Nashville Pride Festival Brings Thousands Downtown
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- One of the largest GLBT gatherings in the south was wrapping up Saturday night.
Thousands took to Riverfront and Lower Broadway Saturday for the 2012 Nashville Pride Festival. This is the 24th year Pride has been held in Nashville, and organizers say it's the biggest yet. Some of those attending said it's important to hold this festival every year because it helps the community not only celebrate advances they've made, but things they still want to accomplish.
"I was actually adopted by two moms, so I'm very proud to be here; so I'm here for them, and I'm here for everybody," said Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva. "I think it's really important because we have to let everyone know it's okay to be who you are to be yourself. And it's just feels good when you're with a group of people and everybody's chanting it and everybody's saying it. It's just a good feeling."
The festival didn't come without controversy. Several protesters also set up downtown to denounce the festival, but overall everyone stayed peaceful.