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Portland Shows Its Colors At Annual Pride Parade


One week after 49 people were gunned down at an Orlando LGBTQ nightclub, thousands turned out in downtown Portland for the city’s annual LGBT Pride festival and parade.  

Tens of thousands of people flocked to downtown Portland Sunday, June 19, 2016 to participate in the city's annual Pride Parade and Festival. The parade caps off the city's annual Pride Week, a week-long celebration of the LGBTQ community.

The vast majority of people wore buttons or held signs showing support for the victims in Orlando. 

“We’re here to say love is love,” said filmmaker and photographer Alicia J. Rose. “We’re here to say f—- fear.”  

Groups representing a wide array of Portland based businesses, including Adidas, Morel Ink, Nike, and Intel marched in the parade. They were joined by many non-profit advocacy organizations, individual celebrants and religious supporters of LGBTQ equality.  

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown stops to thank a child named Clementine for coming out to support the LGBT community during the Portland Pride Parade Sunday, June 19, 2016.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown stops to thank a child named Clementine for coming out to support the LGBT community during the Portland Pride Parade Sunday, June 19, 2016.

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“It’s cool to see so many people here,” said First Christian Church of Portland pastor Amy Piatt.

“They’ve got to be somewhere around here!” Piatt said before disappearing into a sea of people in search of her church’s group.  

Yet, with all the people came security concerns. There was a large police presence, with many officers wearing rainbow necklaces and jewelry.  

The large police presence was just one of the security measures employed, according to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

“Portlanders are safe because we are accepting, and we are tolerant,” Hales said, dressed in a purple suit with a rainbow sash. “We practice love, not hate. And that’s what today’s about.”

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Tens of thousands of people flocked to downtown Portland Sunday, June 19, 2016 to participate in the city's annual Pride Parade and Festival. The parade caps off the city's annual Pride Week, a week-long celebration of the LGBTQ community.