Thousands gather for annual Northampton Pride Parade

Hampshire County

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Northampton Saturday for Pride Day.

The Gay Pride Flag painted the breeze Saturday morning as thousands lined the streets of Northampton for the 37th annual Noho pride Parade.

Noho Pride is a non-profit organization that runs the event annually.

The event celebrates the spirit and strength of LGBTQ communities.

“Whoever you love it’s ok it doesn’t have to be what people think are the norm,” said Mulan Foggs of Springfield. “It can just be what you want, it’s not about what anybody else thinks.”

Many who attended Saturday’s parade told 22News that no matter your sexual orientation and where you’re from, everyone values faith, pride, and family.

“This means a lot to me because of how many people support coming out and just being apart of the community it means a lot to me because I am still coming out to a lot of people,” said Nellie May of Northampton.

According to the organization’s website, over the years the parade has evolved from people marching with bags over their heads to a day full of music and laughter that brings diverse communities together.

“Whatever your sexual preference is, it’s important to know we should be respected no matter what,” said Joseph Gonzalez of West Springfield. “For them to support the community and support the event is powerful and empowering for everybody.”

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