Pride Parade brings thousands to downtown Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indy Pride Fest brought thousands of people to downtown Indianapolis on Saturday morning.

The parade was one of the big final events of the Pride Fest that has been going on all week long.

“The sun is always shining on pride in Indianapolis, and I think it’s really important for the community to come out and support our community,” said Melissa Brown, who attended the parade.

The Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade kicked off at 10 a.m. It began at the corner of Delaware and Michigan streets and ended at the corner of College and Massachusetts Avenue.

The first parade started in 2005 and lasted 15 minutes. Now it’s more than two hours long, with more than 100 floats and groups were involved in the event.

The week-long event is the largest fundraiser for Indy Pride Inc. The money raised will go to support educational programs, scholarships and also help fund other organizations involved with the LGBTQ community.

“You feel welcome, you know. You feel safe. That’s what we wanna create. An environment like that, here at Pride,” said Jayden Evans, who also attended.

The parade is named Cadillac Barbie because that’s the founder’s drag alter ego.

Gay rights activists have planned an equality march at the Statehouse starting at noon Sunday.

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