Record-breaking numbers at Indy Pride Festival kick-off

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 6th, 2015) — Indy Pride Festival is underway, with a full week of events leading-up to the parade next Saturday, June 13th.

While the Hoosier state was in the national spotlight during the Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy — organizers say it hasn’t deterred crowds. In fact, they say they’re already seeing record-breaking numbers.

That was the case Saturday morning during the “Rainbow 5K” event at Talbott Street Nightclub. More than 600 people participated and the event raised mored than $27,000.

“Today was actually another record breaking day , we’ve broken a record with selling out of vender booth space, we added an extra 50 this year,” said Indy Pride President Chris Morehead.

Organizers brought-in a special guest to help kick-off the event as well — the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case for marriage equality, Jim Obergefell.

“It’s been an interesting ride and an honor for me to fight for my husband and to fight for our commitments to each other, but also to fight for people across the country who want nothing more than to marry the love of their life and to be treated equally,” Obergefell said.

Organizers say part the money raised during the 5K event will go towards aids and HIV research, and part will go towards plans for a new LGBTcommunity center in Indianapolis.

For a list of events this week, click here.