LGBT Pride on Parade in West Hollywood

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In the crowd watching the annual L.A. Pride Parade on Sunday, Raymond Sylvester could hardly keep the smile off his face.


Thousands took to the streets of West Hollywood on Sunday, June 8, 2014, for the annual LA Pride celebration. (Credit: KTLA)

Sylvester, 74, was at the first parade in 1970, when it was so controversial that members of the Los Angeles Police Commission tried to prevent it, citing potential violent reaction from bystanders.

On Sunday, there were families with children — some with two fathers, some with two mothers — all around Sylvester. There were children in the parade. Smiles in the crowd. It was the first parade since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decisions last summer that allowed gay marriage to, once again, be legal in California.

“It’s happier this year,” Sylvester said. “People are happier. They can get married now. You see a lot of people pushing around their kids. It’s beautiful.”

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