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PHOTOS: 2018 Cincinnati Pride Parade

Posted: 9:25 PM, Jun 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-24 10:17:30Z

CINCINNATI - Organizers said the 45th annual Cincinnati Pride Parade drew 100,000 people downtown Saturday to watch and participate and also celebrate at the festival that followed at Sawyer Point.

ENJOY our  photo gallery by WCPO contributor David Sorcher and watch highlights in the video player above.

"I think it's amazing to see so many people come together and support everyone," said Tasha Goodin of Milford, one of the parade participants.

Jill Kainer from Clarksville, Ohio, made note of the families who brought their kids.

“Seeing the children come through and supporting where we are so the families can understand the value of the gay community is really an important value to normalize who we are," Kainer said.

Parade Chair Chuck Beatty wants everyone to know they’re welcome and they can have a great time. Beatty said the event has grown a lot since 1973.

“It's taken a lot of time,” Beatty said. "A lot of work has been done by those before us to make it what it is today. 

“We're here to celebrate what has happened and what will continue to happen."

Kids from the Trans Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital were this year's grand marshals.

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