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Thousands crowd into downtown Seattle for annual Pride parade

As many as 300,000 people crowded into downtown Seattle for the annual Pride Parade on Sunday. This year’s theme was “The Many Faces of Pride.”

The parade started at Fourth Avenue and ended at Second Avenue and Denny Way near Seattle Center, lasting about 2.5 hours.


Seattle Center will host the 12th annual PrideFest until 8pm with live music and vendors.

Seattle celebrated its first Pride Week from June 24-30 in 1974. Three years later, Mayor Uhlman declared June 25 to July 1 Gay Pride Week in the city of Seattle. The city held its first Gay Pride Week march that same year. Opponents picketed outside City Hall and wrote angry letters to they mayor’s office.

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