Thousands attend 42nd Atlanta Pride festival

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ATLANTA - People gathered in midtown Atlanta on Sunday to watch the parade for the 42nd annual Atlanta pride festival.

Channel 2’s Amanda Cook spoke with revelers, many decked out in rainbow-themed attire, waiting for the parade to begin on 10th Street.

Several participants said this being an election year, it is even more important for them to attend the festival.

“Politically speaking, our country is in turmoil. Republican v. Democrat. Gay v. non-gay. The whole Chick-Fil-A issue. It’s ridiculous and crazy. Life is life, we’ll see where it foes,” Craig Slade, who recently adopted a child with his partner of 11 years, told Cook.

The parade route stretched from Ralph McGill Boulevard to 10th Street to the Charles Allen gate at Piedmont Park. Festivities continued after the parade at Piedmont Park. Traffic was blocked in those areas for a large part of Sunday.

Atlanta Pride is the largest pride event in the southeast and the largest event in the country to coincide with National Coming Out Day.