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Thousands gather for Philadelphia's annual Pride Day

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Thousands of people gathered in downtown Philadelphia for the city's annual Pride Day.

"Happy Pride everyone, Philadelphia!"

"This is the 29th annual gay pride parade and festival."

"Pride is about visibility and awareness," says Franny Price, Executive Director of Philly Pride Presents. "So it's important to be seen, and it's important for people to see that we are every body."

The pride parade and festival kicked off at 13th and Locust Streets in the heart of the Gayborhood. Proud parade goers marched through Center City and Philadelphia's Historic District, ending at Penns Landing.

"I'm happy that so many people can be a hundred percent themselves 100 percent of the time in cities like Philadelphia," said Mayor Jim Kenney.

Beneath the fund and beyond the glitter, people say this parade gets more popular every year. Symbolizing progress being made for those in the LGBTQ communities.

"There's hope for the future. These are our youth and our past and our future together," said parade grandmaster Henry David. "It is so much love at one time. I can't believe it! I'm so happy. "

"Everybody can come out and be free and be whoever you want to be today... and everyday," said Tina Williams, Ms. Gay Philadelphia 2017.

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