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Northampton Hosts 32nd Annual LGBT Pride Parade

photo (24)NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WGGB) — Thousands jammed Northampton today for the 32nd annual Gay Pride Parade.

People of all ages joined in the celebration.

Rainbows were everywhere on Northampton’s Main St., all in celebration of gay pride.

The crowd danced all the way down to the 3 County Fairgrounds where the celebration continued.

“I’m gay, we’re all gay, we’re having a good time!” said Matthew Moore of Windsor Locks, CT.

For some like Paula Mallard and her partner Cathy, the parade is a place where they can let their guard down…

“I came out late in life, I was married over 20 years. My family was accepting, I’m very grateful for that,” said Mallard. “We were walking by the camera and Cathy almost went to avoid the camera and I said no, it’s ok, we’re out, our family is cool with it.”

….and be themselves…..

“I feel like, I’m home. Everybody’s happy, everybody’s free and it’s great. Just great,” said Luis Rodriguez of Hartford, CT.

This week, NBA player Jason Collins became the 1st active athlete to come out, and Rhode Island became the last New England state to legalize gay marriage. Paradegoers say it’s all in keeping with this year’s theme, “Our Journey is Far From Over”.

“What that means is that there’s a lot to celebrate, we’re lucky we live in Western Mass where there are a lot of us and we have a lot of acceptance socially,” said J.M. Sorrel, spokesperson, Northampton Pride. “But we don’t have complete equality.”

And because of that… Sorrell says there is still much more work to be done.

Sorell estimates more than 20-thousand people went to the parade.

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