Thousands attend pride event in downtown Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Organizers estimate 10,000 to 12,000 supporters gathered in Winston-Salem at the Pride Parade and Festival Saturday morning.

Pride Winston-Salem is one of the fastest-growing groups of its kind in the Southeast.

The parade started around 11 a.m. and ended in a large festival featuring vendors, food trucks and games. This year's theme was "We are Family."

Kayla Brooks said, "If your family’s blended colors, blended genders, blended beliefs, as long as everybody is showing you the love. Whether your family is just this one person or all of us coming out as a community to be a family of one, it has all kinds of pictures. There’s no one definition of family as long as there’s love behind it."

Some protestors were at the event as well. Everything went peacefully.

Steven Hewett and his wife came from Davie County to show their support.

"I defended this country several years ago in Afghanistan,” Hewett said. “I defended these people’s rights, and I defend also the rights of the folks down the street who want to protest it. I think that’s a celebration of our constitution and our freedoms."