Thousands turn out to celebrate pride in Northampton

Event organizers said the march was at "maximium capacity"

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Around 35,000 people were expected to fill the streets in Northampton for the 36th annual pride celebration Saturday.

NOHO Pride, the event organizers, said on Twitter Friday the event would continue rain or shine. Although there was wind and rain earlier in the day, the turnout didn’t seem to be affected, as thousands still came out to support the event.

Northampton Pride Parade route.

Up to 15,000 people were expected to march in the parade in pre-event estimates; NOHO Pride released a statement Friday saying the march was at maximum capacity. They said in order to keep the event safe, marching contingents had to restrict themselves to only those marchers who were pre-registered before the event.

Event organizers told 22News this year’s theme is “Stronger Together”, and was coordinated with both Boston and Worcester Pride to take a more regional approach, and send a message of equality.

The march ended at the Three County Fairgrounds, where speakers and performances would carry on the celebration.

Parking was limited in Northampton Saturday due to the event. Those attending the parade were encouraged to park at the Fairgrounds, away from downtown, and walk to the start of the route near City Hall.

22News reporter Tashanea Whitlow will have a full report on the parade tonight on 22News at 10 on the CW Springfield, and on 22News at 11.

Northampton prepares for its 36th annual Pride Parade