VIDEO: Thousands Celebrate at 27th Annual PrideFest Parade

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It's the 27th year for the annual PrideFest Parade in Windsor.

Thousands lined Ottawa Street to celebrate Pride Month with the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community Sunday.
 

Elise Keller brought the whole family down for the second year in a row. She says it's a great opportunity to show her kids how far people have come when it comes to accepting everyone.

"They were shocked. They were like, 'what are you mean? There's no problem with being gay?" They don't realize that the generation before them had to struggle to get to this place and there's still a lot more work to do," she says. 

Samantha McPherson tells AM800 News it's important to let people know they're not alone.

"You get to meet so many different people in the community and it's important to feel like you're not alone in the world and that you're equal to everybody else," says McPherson.

Beth Oakley says the cheering crowd is a testament to the regions diversity.
 
"We're the fourth most diverse city in all of Canada. So we do it best here and the turn out that I see here today is testament to the fact that it's a wonderful event for all citizens of Windsor and Essex County," she says.

The parade made its way down Ottawa Street from Argyle Road before wrapping with a party in Lanspeary Park.