Record crowds gather for Houston's Pride Festival and Parade

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Record crowds gathered in downtown for the Pride Festival and Parade in wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

This is the first time the Pride Festival is being held downtown after years in the Montrose area.

The celebrations begin around noon near City Hall, Herman Square Park and Tranquility Park.

The main event is the Pride Parade which begins at 8:30pm on Milam near Walker.

"It doesn't matter who you are with as long as you feel good. She taught me a lot about life actually, and in turn, that's love," said festival attendee Jessica Boudreax.

There were protestors, the dozen or so of them shouting their message, even as couples stop to block them.

"If you cannot procreate, it's wrong. Marriage is not between two men or two women," said protestor Joe Montalo.

The parade is just one of several events downtown this weekend. Watch traffic reporter Rebecca Spera's full report on all the street closures and detour information in the video below.

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