Celebrating 30 years of Philadelphia's Pride Parade and Festival: 'This is love'

'I am just so happy to be here.'

Kristen Johanson
June 10, 2018 - 7:33 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It was a ribbon of rainbow along Market Street in Center City Sunday as hundreds showed up for the annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. 

This year marks three decades of celebrating gay rights in Philadelphia.

Brightly colored floats, decorated with balloons, feathers and signs rolled by the judges' table at 6th and Market streets to perform

Kristen Johanson | KYW Newsradio

Partners Chris and Frank have been together nearly 40 years.

"It's so different now than in the '70s when we started," Chris said.

"If you look around, you see a lot of the kids. It's an opportunity for them to explore who they are," Frank added.

"I am wearing rainbow," Arishia said. "I am also wearing a sparkly tutu that my friend's mom made for us. It's bisexual — so purple, blue and pink."

Arishia, 18, who just came out, was tearful at her first time at the parade.

"Everyone is so equal," she said. "This is love."

"It's just great that it's very accepted," Frank said.

"I am just so happy to be here," Arishia added.