(CBS Charlotte) — Thousands of supporters flocked to Uptown Charlotte this past Sunday to take part in the first local gay pride parade in nearly two decades.
In years past, the LGBT community did not have enough support to hold a gay pride parade in Charlotte, but that wasn’t the case this year.
Around 20,000 spectators cheered eagerly throughout the entire Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade — and children and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed watching the Bank of America bus lead the parade, followed by the marching band, numerous floats, motorcyclists, and a mini Food Lion truck.
The majority of people watching the parade were dressed in rainbow colors, and many were waiving rainbow flags as the parade marched on.
Despite the overwhelming support for equality during the gay pride parade, acceptance is not statewide.
In 2012, Amendment One was signed into law — banning gay marriage in the state of North Carolina.
Despite the ban on gay marriage, gay individuals in Charlotte were not discouraged this weekend to let their gay pride shine.
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte
Check out our gallery from the 2013 Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade here: