Thousands gather for Denver Pride Parade led by governor

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DENVER (AP) - Thousands of people turned out for the Denver Pride Parade on Sunday.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the nation's first openly gay governor, and his partner, Marlon Reis, served as grand marshals along with Colorado's first transgender state legislator, Brianna Titone, Out Boulder executive director Mardi Moore and drag performer Peppermint.

The parade headed past the state Capitol decorated with a rainbow flag with the Colorado state logo on it.

The parade was part of a weekend long PrideFest and marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City. The Denver Post reports that festival organizers expect attendance this year to exceed last year's estimated crowd of 425,000.