NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A parade of 6,000 people kicked off Nashville Pride Festival in downtown Nashville.
The Pride Festival was held in Public Square Park Saturday, but the parade that morning happened from 2nd Avenue North, across Broadway, and back to the park on 4th Avenue North. Organizers said the festival has come a long way since the first pride festivals were held in Nashville more than a decade ago.
"We actually did have a parade here 15 to 20 years ago. It took place on Elliston, and it came into Centennial Park. It was cars and a few people walking, but it was still a parade," said Phil Cobucci, Former President of Nashville Pride Festival.
Cobucci said people from all over Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and many other states were here to celebrate the LGBT community.
"I think it's an important thing to remember where we come from as an LGBT community, but then where we're going to be going forward. How we go forward together," he said.
The festival ran till 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It was set up with music, vendors, and food for attendees. Cobucci said the festival is a family friendly event. Learn more about Nashville Pride online.