Thousands attend first day of Nashville Pride festival - WSMV News 4

Thousands attend first day of Nashville Pride festival

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

An annual celebration of progress toward LGBTQ equality is in full swing in downtown Nashville.

The Nashville Pride festival got started Saturday morning at Public Square Park.

Day one is in the books, but there’s still plenty of action coming back Sunday. Thousands of people gathered downtown to kick off this year’s festival.

Coming into the event, organizers were expecting the largest turnout ever.

Steffi Silva was one of the thousands in attendance.

'”I think there's a lot more openness and support for different ethnicity and lifestyles and cultures, and I think that's important," Silva said. "We don't live in a world where everyone is the same. I love that every year we come out we have more and more people coming out than the year before."

The two-day festival features different music genres, live performances and visual art.

Hundreds of vendors, non-profit organizations and businesses are also in attendance. 

"Honestly, seeing all the colorful figures, seeing all the smiles...it's brought a great feeling to my heart," said Jessie Villarrial, another Nashville Pride attendee. “It’s nice to see everyone out here loving everyone regardless.”

The Nashville Pride festival picks up Sunday at noon and goes until 6:00 p.m. The official Nashville Pride Closing Party will be held at The Basement East on Sunday from 6-9 p.m.

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