36th annual Pride Parade held in Northampton

Parade goers marched thru the streets of Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands of people gathered in Northampton today for pride day. The Gay Pride flag, also known as the rainbow flag, flew proudly today, as nearly 35,000 people came out to celebrate the city’s 36th annual Pride Day.

Windsor Lux of Northampton told 22News, “I’ve been walking all over town and everyone everywhere is just lit up. Everyone is so supportive of each other.”

Northampton on Saturday was filled with thousands of people gathered for the city’s 36th annual Pride Parade.  It was an event for all ages, sizes and colors. Despite a damp start, a few rain drops didn’t stop the Pride Parade.

Erin Cahillane, of Northampton, told 22News, “It’s about coming together in this town and celebrated everyone’s differences and being supportive of each other, it’s awesome.”

Parade goers marched thru the streets of Northampton, until they arrived at the Three County Fairgrounds, where the fun and Pride continued.

Lux added, “So many people are just being their freest self. Everyone is just letting loose and letting their freak flag fly.”

But for some, today commemorates the day they came out to family and friends and added a new family.

Nicole Ortiz of Springfield told 22News, “They’ve always been there for me and accepted me right away. But it definitely took a little while just meeting people who are like me and accepting, but now I have a really good group of friends and family who are just like me and accepting and it feels really good.”

Pride parade organizer Bear White has been planning events in the LGBT community for decades. White told 22News, seeing the younger generations celebrating Pride is what makes today so special, “But it’s really the kids. They’re younger and younger. The older people who come to be revitalized every single year.”

Brian Rueli of Agawam, told 22News we all value the same thing, “Faith, Pride and Family.”