Thousands Crowd Downtown San Francisco To Celebrate Gay Pride

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The sidewalks of downtown San Francisco were crowded with colorful revelers Sunday as the city marked its 42nd year celebrating the lesbian, gay and transgender community.

The city already has hosted a weekend of events, including a march in Dolores Park and the so-called “Pink Saturday” street party. But the biggest one is Sunday’s annual gay pride parade.

Organizers say more than 200 floats, vehicles and marching bands took part. The city’s mayor, Ed Lee, planned to address the crowd at the city’s Civic Center.

Organizers say San Francisco’s events are the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

Thousands of attendees are also celebrated in Chicago and New York City, where parade-goers toasted the state’s anniversary
of its same-sex marriage law.

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