Celebrations ensued in Minneapolis on Sunday following the Supreme Court's historic ruling allowing same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states. Downtown Minneapolis is home to a massive Pride festival each year, signs, flags, street closures and outdoor seating popped up all week, but this year's festival is expected to draw close to a record-breaking 450,000 people throughout the course of the weekend.
Loring Park launched Pridefest on Friday, and the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade cascaded through Hennepin Avenue on Sunday to cap a historic weekend.
"The timing couldn't be any sweeter for this year's Twin Cities Pride Festival," Pride's Grand Marshall Andrea Jenkin said.
Scott Feldman, board chair of Twin Cities pride said there is a heightened sense of unity this year.
"Everybody is just shocked it happened in their lifetime," he remarked.
Not all of those anticipated 450,000 attendees came to party, however.
"They're lascivious and they're lost, and they're disgusting, and their dead in their trespasses and sin," one protestor said.
Monica Meyer, the executive director of Outfront Minnesota, an LGBTQ advocacy group, said such demonstrations are proof there is still progress to be made.
"I think that's because there are still messages out there that say it's not okay," she said.
For the thousands LGBTQ community members and allies there to rejoice, many still celebrate Minnesota being the 12th state in the nation to pass same-sex marriage on its own.
Minneapolis street closures
The following streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m.:
-Hennepin Avenue will close from Eighth Street South to Ninth Street South for the Pride Block Party.
-Third Street South will close for staging of the parade from First Avenue to Portland Avenue South. Cross traffic will be allowed at all times.
-Hennepin Avenue will close from Third Street South to Spruce Place. Cross traffic will be allowed as normal until 10:30 a.m.
-Some cross traffic will be restricted from crossing Hennepin Avenue. Traffic will be allowed to cross Hennepin at Fourth, 10th, and 11th streets.
-Spruce Place will close from Hennepin Avenue to Yale Place.
-Yale Place will close from Spruce Place to Loring Park.
Tweets from #TCPride
That is a massive rainbow flag covering Hennepin Ave in downtown Minneapolis. Pride Parade about to start. pic.twitter.com/Dra9atxgWg— jonathan choe (@choefox9) June 28, 2015
And so it begins! Twin Cities Gay Pride Parade. So much to celebrate. pic.twitter.com/s0q6HTETdY— Tom Lyden (@LydenFOX9) June 28, 2015
Grand Marshal Andrea Jenkins. A huge inspiration to community & awesome person. pic.twitter.com/zCfo1hhqPN— Tom Lyden (@LydenFOX9) June 28, 2015