Pride festival, parade celebrate local LGBT community

Revelers brave the heat at the 34th annual Houston LGBT Pride Festival in the Montrose neighborhood on Saturday, June 23, 2012 (Kristy Gillentine)

June 24, 2012 3:32:08 PM PDT
Houston Mayor Annise Parker is participating in the Pride Parade tonight in the Montrose area.

The theme for the 34th annual Houston LGBT Pride Celebration was "Live Out Proud."

The parade went down Westheimer Road between Dunlavy and Crocker. Around 300,000 people participated, making it the second largest parade in Houston and the largest Pride Parade or LGBT gathering in the Southwestern U.S.

The 2012 Celebrity Grand Marshal was Mason Hildebrand of Bravo's hit reality series "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles."

Before the parade, organizers had a day of events planned at the Pride Festival from 1 to 7pm. The festival featured live music and exhibits like the Houston Dynamo Kids' Zone, the Walgreens Health and Wellness Pavilion and the Houston LGBT History Exhibit in cooperation with Rice University.

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Pride Houston is a nonprofit organization that is 100 percent volunteer-run. Its annual June Celebration takes more than 10,000 volunteer hours to produce.

For more information on the annual Pride Festival and Parade, visit