- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Thousands of people have attended a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride parade and festival in upstate New York, less than a week after a deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead.

The annual CNY pride event was held Saturday in Syracuse.

Marchers with colorful face paint, glitter and rainbow capes marched through the streets of the city under a heavy police presence.

Attendees said this year’s event had a double meaning: to celebrate LGBT pride and to remember the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

Kathryn Conner told the Post-Standard of Syracuse (https://bit.ly/264hpfB ) that the shooting is making the LGBT community spread their message of love and pride even more passionately.


Information from: The Post-Standard, https://www.syracuse.com

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