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parade

a march for equality

IDAHO FALLS — It was by far the largest turnout the Idaho Falls Pride Parade has seen in its history.

On Saturday, more than 2,000 people, stretching over a mile, marched from the Unitarian Universalist Church in Idaho Falls along the Greenbelt Riverwalk, to the the Shilo Inn and then back again.

The two-mile trek attracted people of all ages. There were hundreds of children in the parade, groups of friends, many families, business and religious supporters and local politicians all celebrating diversity in the community.

“This is the biggest and best ever, it’s just tremendous,” Idaho Falls Pride Treasurer Fred Marcum said during the march. “It’s wonderful to see so many friends, families and allies marching with us.”

Marcum said the reason the parade is held is for the LGBTQ community to promote openness and awareness in eastern Idaho.

“We need to be able to live our true lives without fear of ridicule or prejudice,” Marcum said.

More than 2,000 people participated in the Idaho Falls Pride Parade on Saturday. | Nate Sunderland, EastIdahoNews.com