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Minneapolis streets flooded with partiers for Pride

MINNEAPOLIS -- Decked out in every color of the rainbow, nearly 400,000 revelers packed the sidewalks along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate the LGBT community at the annual Twin Cities Pride parade.

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Marchers wave flags during the 2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, June 28, 2015. ROBB JEFFRIES / FORUM NEWS SERVICE

MINNEAPOLIS - Decked out in every color of the rainbow, nearly 400,000 revelers packed the sidewalks along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate the LGBT community at the annual Twin Cities Pride parade.

This year’s Pride events were particularly festive, as many were celebrating the landmark Supreme Court decision to affirm the right of marriage for same-sex couples.

Music blared from floats, including one that played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision. More than 100 entries marched down the street, including organizations like Outfront Minnesota, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus and PFLAG Twin Cities, an organization for friends and family of the LGBT community.

Several political leaders, including Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Betty McCollum, Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman, shook hands with revelers and shouted “Love is Love” as they marched through the parade. Twin Cities based companies also had a large presence, among them Target and 3M.

Loring Park was transformed into a sea of people and glitter, with more than 400 booths and a stage for performances. Lily Tomlin, Peaches and Deborah Cox were among artists making performances throughout the weekend.

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