(WESH) Tens of thousands turned out for Orlando’s gay pride parade Saturday, paying tribute to the 49 people killed at the Pulse nightclub five months to the day after the attack.
An estimated 150,000 people came together for Orlando’s 12th annual “Come Out With Pride” parade, which had been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
“It’s a chance to feel represented and equal,” said attendee Mireillee Lamourt. “It’s a chance to feel like yourself.”
Despite the colorful floats, for many, emotions were tempered by lingering grief. The parade paid tribute to the first responders, the employees of Pulse and the victims of the attack.
At the History Center, the iconic 49 crosses erected at Orlando Regional Medical Center after the attack to honor the victims, were back on display. Alix Mist came to see the one bearing her friend’s name. Cory Connell, whose life was cut short on June 12, was a student at Valencia College who wanted to be a firefighter.
“They were young and they were innocent,” said Mist. “They died for having love and love should not be killed for.”
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