Thousands attend 32nd annual Phoenix Pride parade and festival

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Thousands of people showed up to the Phoenix Pride Parade and Festival. By Jennifer Thomas Thousands of people showed up to the Phoenix Pride Parade and Festival. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- In its 32nd year, the Phoenix Pride Parade and Festival has yet to disappoint its fans.

Thousands of people showed up this year to mix and mingle with celebrities like singer Vanessa Carlton and The Village People.

Around 50 local businesses also contributed to make sure everybody had a good time.

The parade and festival, which is put on by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, is open to the public and geared to be a family event. Over the years, the parade and festival has grown in numbers and acceptance.

This year the Mesa police chief gave off-duty officers the green light to march in the parade in uniform. Anywhere from 30 to 40 officers from Mesa laced up their shoes. Phoenix police said its officers were also allowed to participate.