Record Crowd Expected For Nashville Pride

Posted at 4:34 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 20:18:36-04
Organizers of Nashville's Gay Pride celebration have been expecting record crowds this weekend following the deadly massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando two weeks ago.
"This is an opportunity for you to be proud of who you are and show your true colors," said Phil Cobucci, President-Elect of Nashville Pride.
For Phil, this weekend has been his baby, and he's known that in wake of the Orlando Massacre it will be both a celebration and remembrance.
"We are now coming together, we are fighting for our rights in the same way we were just for equality but not, it's coming  together for another purpose," he added.
Despite the heat, Phil has expected crowds to exceed record numbers and on Thursday was ensuring attendees about the event's safety.
"This is a safe space. The fact that we have fences around the park, we have this park to ourselves, this is a place people can feel safe," he said.
Metro Police wouldn't give specifics but said their presence there will be both felt and noticed.
"We want everyone whatever the situation to know there is a police department that will do everything they can to make them safe," Mayor Megan Barry said two weeks ago.
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