Detroit gay pride parade marks weekend festival

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DETROIT (AP) — Under drizzly skies, Detroit is marking the second and final day of the city’s annual gay pride celebration.

The Motor City Pride Festival and Parade is in its 43rd year. It began Saturday and runs through Sunday at Hart Plaza downtown.

The parade started at 11 a.m. Sunday, led by grand marshals April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse in a 1967 Plymouth Fury supplied by sponsor Chrysler. The Hazel Park couple brought the legal challenge that led a federal judge to overturn Michigan’s same-sex ban.

Motor City Pride bills itself as Michigan’s largest gathering celebrating the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Tens of thousands have turned out this year.

Other sponsors include Comerica Bank, Delta Airlines, Ford, General Motors, Kroger, the United Auto Workers and Whole Foods.

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