Starkville Pride held its second Pride parade Saturday morning, drawing at least 500 people together in downtown Starkville.
As previously reported, Starkville Pride organizers said the community support for planning the event had been positive and a far cry from last year when the first attempt at the parade was initially voted down by the city’s Board of Aldermen, sparking a nationwide response.
While the 2019 Pride Parade was not as big as the inaugural in 2018, which was cited as the largest parade in the city’s history, there was no lack of spirit among attendees.
The parade began at Fire Station Park and participants took a left marching past Starkville Public Library onto Main Street.
Hundreds could be seen topping the hill of East Lampkin Street to conclude the parade at Fire Station Park.
Many of the participants were throwing beads, waving flags and walking with their pets dressed colorfully in support of the cause.
"I have loved it," said Anthony Leggett, who was present at the parade.
The parade was one of Leggett's favorite events of the weekend.
The Starkville Pride weekend kicked off Friday night with a concert at Rick's Cafe. The concert featured Keatzi Gunmoney, Jonny Hollis, and The Bold O'Donaghues.
Saturday morning featured a Pride Art Market at Fire Station Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Art Market consisted of vendors with creative merchandise they made themselves.
Laura Lee Moore of Moore Wears set up with custom keychains she makes by hand.
Amanda Ramage and Taylor Baker sold Bulldog and Pride pottery.
Other vendors included Nine-TwentyNine Coffee and Dunkington Art and Jewelry.
"It was beautiful, lots of really cool artists, great purpose and as a small little family we really enjoyed it," Columbus native April Clayton said. "We came over just for this."