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Downtown Las Vegas Pride Parade attracts biggest crowd yet

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The Pride Parade makes its way down 4th Street in Las Vegas on Friday night. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5) The Pride Parade makes its way down 4th Street in Las Vegas on Friday night. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Downtown Las Vegas is the epicenter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community – for a few days, anyway.

The Las Vegas Pride Festival has attracted tens of thousands of people to the city to celebrate and raise awareness about issues affecting the community.

Like everything else in Las Vegas, Friday night's Pride Parade was a spectacle - full of energy and color.

The parade brought approximately 30,000 spectators to the edges of Fourth Street. As one of only two nighttime parades in Las Vegas each year, the streets were lit up with rainbows and colorful costumes.

"It's special to me. I feel like I can talk to anyone, be myself, and there's no judgement. There's a lot of stereotypes and a lot of people don't fit stereotypes," one attendee said.

Grand Marshall Larry Edwards has performed in Las Vegas for more than 20 years. He first attended the parade in 1989.

"This parade has grown over so many years. We've had it at Sunset Park and finally moved it to Fourth Street," Edwards said.

The parade's 85 entrants made this year's edition the largest yet.

On Saturday, about 10,000 are expected to attend the Pride Festival, which will take place at the Clark County Amphitheater.

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