BUFFALO, N.Y. — A record 20,000 people, up from 15,000 last year, took part in Buffalo’s annual Pride parade on Sunday, reports the Buffalo News.
Sunday’s festivities capped off Buffalo Pride Week, a week of activities that included a pep rally to celebrate the Queen City Softball League’s 2014 season, a flag-raising ceremony with Mayor Byron W. Brown at City Hall, a “Gay 5K”, an art exhibition curated by and comprising works by LGBTQ artists from Western New York, the “Dyke March,” and the Allentown Street Festival.
“It grows every year, and with this phenomenal weather, we’ll see a much bigger turnout,” said Jorien Brock, senior director of the Pride Center of Western New York, which organizes the event.
“It’s great seeing the community come together and being ourselves, showing that we have nothing to hide,” said Gabby Castro, a 23-year-old Clarence resident. “Seeing so many people from the community, you realize you’re not alone and it’s OK.”