INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 11, 2016) -- The heat didn’t stop thousands of people from lining-up for the 2016 Indy Pride Parade.
The event has grown a lot over the years. Organizers say the first pride parade featured a single float and a handful of walking groups. Today, more then 170 organizations were represented in the parade and about 60,000 people were expected at the event alone.
"It's really it’s just incredible to see the size and scope of this event grow and it’s not just a day, it’s an entire week of activities," said Indy Pride Festival Director H.R. Jung.
Many law enforcement agencies came together, providing more than 50 officers for the parade. They helped direct traffic with the new parade route and kept an eye on city leaders who were participating. Without question though -- officers say their biggest concern is the high temperatures.
“The heat is going to be the biggest thing, hottest day of the year -- we’ve got a lot of EMS resources at the park and parade route," said Lt. Bob Smith from the Marion Co. Sheriff's Office.
After the parade, the Indy Pride festival followed on the mall downtown with almost 300 vendors.