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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is asking members of the general public to march in the Kentuckiana Pride Parade on Friday, according to a news release. 

The news release states that the mayor is making the request, "saying he wants the entire region to show its compassion and unity."

The annual parade starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the corner of Main and Floyd Streets and proceeds to the Belvedere, where the annual pride festival is being held.

"Let's send a message to all people that no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, background, religion or nationality, we in Louisville stand united," Fischer was quoted as saying, according to the news release. "Our region will send a strong message to our LGBT friends and family -- we stand with you. We are Orlando."

Fischer is asking the citizens who plan to attend or march in the parade to post images to social media using the hashtag "#MarchforUnity." 

"Mayor Fischer and Metro Government employees will be marching and wearing blue and yellow t-shirts that celebrate the city's perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Scorecard, which measures how inclusive cities are to LGBT citizens," the news release states. "They will also carry special signs that show solidarity with the people of Orlando."

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