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George Takei beams at front of Seattle pride, Macklemore surprises crowd

Monday, June 30, 2014
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George Takei beams at front of Seattle pride march on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

SEATTLE — Thousands of people gathered in downtown Seattle on Sunday for the city’s 40th annual Pride Parade.

This year’s theme — “Generations of Pride”— honors civil rights battles in the city that elected its first openly gay mayor last November.

Actor George Takei, who played in the “Star Trek” TV show and movies and is now an activist for gay and civil rights, is celebrity grand marshal of the Seattle parade.

Macklemore

In addtion to Takei, some of the loudest cheers along the parade route were for Seattle-based rapper Macklemore, a supporter of gay and lesbian rights. His appearance had not been announced in advance.

The pride celebration includes a day of concerts at three different locations around Seattle, a “doggie drag” costume contest and thousands of people who are dressed up as well.

The parade — along Fourth Avenue — was expected to be the largest in Seattle Pride history, with an estimated 200 groups participating, including organizers from the 1974 event.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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