Hundreds “Stand UP, Stand OUT and Stand PROUD” in 23rd Annual Pride parade

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This year’s theme, “Stand Up, Stand Out and Stand Proud” was chosen because as more people get to know the LGBT community they support it.

The parade started around 10 a.m. at Ala Moana Magic Island, went down Atkinson Drive to Kalakaua Avenue ending at Kapiolani Park.

Governor Abercrombie declared June 1, 2013 Honolulu Pride day.

There were four grand marshals of the parade which included Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Freddie Jordan, Trans-Spectrum HI and Sandy Farmer-Wiley.

“I look at this as a plain and simple civil rights issue. So I’m out here to just say that I believe everyone has equality here in Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu,” said Caldwell voicing his support for marriage equality.

It was the first time a Honolulu mayor marched in the parade.

At the end of the parade, participants and the public were invited to continue the celebration at Kapiolani Park with food and informational booths, entertainment and crafts.

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