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Pride Parade celebrates unity in Seattle

An expected 200,000 people gathered in downtown Sunday in a sea of rainbow colors to celebrate the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade.

"Indivisible" is the this year's theme - a "single word that conveys the core principle of our country. We are stronger together," say organizers.

As temperatures rose to 96 degrees - a new record for Seattle and the hottest day of the year - thousands of men, women and children hit the pavement and lined the streets to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

The parade had a few interruptions. A few protesters carrying signs with bible verses and "you are a great sinner" disrupted the pre-parade celebration, but police officers kept things moving. Later, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters sat in the middle of the street at Westlake Park, delaying the parade for about 30 minutes.

Once the parade got going again, people danced, sang and cheered as marching bands, parade floats and other groups moved slowly down the parade route toward Seattle Center.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who also marched in the parade with his husband, said the city is celebrating unity and a strong community.

Post-parade Pride festivities continued at Seattle Center for Seattle PrideFest. Other Pride events were planned Sunday, wrapping up a weekend of Pride celebrations around Seattle.

KING 5's Liza Javier, Brian Price and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

© 2017 KING-TV


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