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Photos: Thousands turn out for 2013 Seattle PrideFest

Photos: Thousands turn out for 2013 Seattle PrideFest

SEATTLE -- Thousands packed the streets around the Seattle Center for Seattle's PrideFest parade on Sunday.

The celebration comes on the heels of landmark decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Cheers and honking horns filled the area around Seattle Center where many of the festivities took place.

"It's important. things are changing. We've gotta look at the future of our people," a woman at the parade said.

Back-to-back historic rulings fueled this year's PrideFest.

This week, the Supreme Court ended a ban on gay marriages in Calfornia and also ruled the federal government must provide equal treatment of same-sex couples.

"It's wonderful. It's great especially with the Defense of Marriage Act being repealed right now it's awesome," a man said.

These supporters are also recognizing our state's landmark decision on marriage equality.

"It's an incredible moment - we waited for this for 12 years. I'm from Brazil. He's from Kansas. I can't describe how important it is to us," said a man who recently married his partner in the eyes of the law said.

Other couples are using PrideFest as a backdrop for their own wedding ceremonies.

"We wanted to make history. This has been a long time coming and we were ready to make history," a woman in a wedding dress said.

One of the most memorable moments of the day were the Boy Scouts of America marching in support of gay rights.

It's their first time participating in PrideFest Parade since the organization made the decision to allow openly gay boys to become Boy Scouts.  

"I am so proud of being an Eagle Scout for the first time ever in my life. This is so wonderful," a man in a Scout uniform said.  

Across the city, more pride flags flew.

At Safeco Field, the Mariners became the first Major League baseball team to publicly fly the pride flag during a game.

While many supporters of gay rights know there are battles still ahead, some are spreading their message of equality through the youngest supporters.

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