HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of Hollywood Sunday for the city’s annual LA Pride festival.
For the first time, the festival took on political overturns. A crowd estimated at about 100,000 took part in a #Resist March.
The march for human rights dubbed the #Resist March was organized by LA Pride and aims to highlight inclusion, according to participants.
According to a news release, the march is in solidarity with the National Equality March for Unity and Pride, which was taking place in Washington, D.C.
Many of the marchers made it clear that #Resist is designed to send a strong message to President Trump and his supporters who have said they wanted to roll back all gainst made by the LGBTQ community under President Obama and his administration.
“I really love the fact that the LGBT community is going back to its roots and we’re making it a march instead of a parade,” said one participant.
“We stand for love, anything y9u resist. We’ll persist and stand in unity and love and light and we’re going to keep moving and doing the work that needs to be done,” Jazzmun Crayton told CBS 2’s Adrianna Weingold.
“For years we’ve been celebrating and making it’s big fiesta, a big party, and now we’re taking it serious and we’re out here to let this administration know we’re not very happy with what’s going on,” he added.
Stars from the Democratic party — Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi among them — spoke to the energetic crowd.
Waters, an outspoken Trump opponent who has called for his impeachment, said “He’s not my president!”
Their message, echoed by Waters, President Trump is a threat to our democracy
With the country divided, marchers said they were there to send a message they will not stay quiet as people’s rights are at ris.
“We can’t go back,” said John Scaringi, “We have to move forward and find common ground for our basic human dignity.”
Said Talia Vail, “We will not be quiet when someone is trying to take away our rights and trying to silence us. We will stand up and show we’re here and we are important to everybody else in the world.”