Nearly 8,000 Attend Fort Wayne Pride Fest

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

July 27, 2013 Updated Jul 27, 2013 at 11:54 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Nearly 8,000 people came out to what's grown into one of Fort Wayne’s biggest festivals.

This was the 17th year for Fort Wayne’s Pride Festival. Pride is a great representation of the gay community in the city. Saturday morning, afternoon a group of at least 400 people marched through downtown Fort Wayne waving rainbow flags.

Organizers say the event has grown so much, and has gained so much popularity, they decided to make it a two-day event.

After last month's Supreme Court decision, which struck down section three of the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), everyone at the festival was in good spirits.

"I see a lot of positive change. I'm very happy to see so many states embrace gay marriage. I think Indiana is on that track as well. I think it's less about marriage and more about mutual respect. For your neighbor, you might not always believe the same thing, but you can respect somebody, and you know, it's letting everybody live their own life,” said Wesley Haffenden, Pride March Coordinator.

The event featured more than 60 vendor booths, food tents, live music, and a kid’s play area complete with face painting.




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