- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Thousands of people turned out for Portland’s gay pride parade on Sunday, saying it was important to show a spirit of empowerment rather than fear after the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Like gay pride events in other cities this weekend, the celebration brought increased security. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/4xhBdq ) the event featured many of the traditional marks of a Pride Parade, including rainbow flags, tutus and wigs, as well as marching bands and massive crowds.

But hundreds of people also held signs that said “We are Orlando” on one side, and “Love conquers hate” on the other. The signs had the names of the 49 victims killed in the Orlando massacre.

Pride Northwest President James Waldner said about 8,000 people marched, and called the parade “an overwhelming expression of love and tolerance.”

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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