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Kentuckiana Pride Festival sees record breaking crowds

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Kentuckiana Pride Festival is bringing hope to a community that has seen so much sadness in the past week.

“I feel like it's more important to come out more than anything,” said one man attending the Pride Festival on Saturday. “It's obviously concerning and a little bit worrying, but I don't think that should stop us.”

Last Saturday, a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Since then, Louisville’s LGBT community has rallied.

“We're a community that believes in love across all boundaries,” said Ginger Holywood at the festival.

At the Pride Parade through downtown Louisville on Friday, organizers estimate anywhere between 15,000 to 17,000 people showed up.

“I think it's been a response more of hope than anything else, which is good because that's how I'd want it to be,” said Campbell Childers.

At the Pride Parade on Friday night, organizers say they saw more than 8,000 people. Both of those attendance numbers are records.

“Last year, I think we were able to get six people together; last night we got around fifty,” said one woman who walked in the parade. “People were really heartbroken but also inspired to show up.”

LMPD and FBI teamed up to provide security for the event but Louisville was not alone in that regard. Cities across the country boosted patrols in the wake of the Orlando shooting.

“There's been a lot of security and a lot of people coming over. I just think it's a safe environment right now,” said one attendee. 

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