Fargo holds 2013 Pride ParadeFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Despite North Dakota's stance on same-sex marriage, hundreds marched in this year’s Pride Parade, and even more people crossed the river into Fargo to help celebrate the festivities.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Despite North Dakota's stance on same-sex marriage, hundreds marched in this year’s Pride Parade, and even more people crossed the river into Fargo to help celebrate the festivities.
Beth Anderson - Advocate: "I wanna be here for my friends."
If colors could speak, these outfits would be shouting.
Todd Steele - Pride Parade Goer: "Obviously the color of the rainbow."
Yellow, purple, green and even pink speedos splashing downtown streets on a Sunday afternoon.
You might be able to tell why hundreds turned out, or even who they're marching for.
Todd Steele - Pride Parade Goer: "Civil rights, right.'
Nicole Siegel - Advocate: "Gay people should have the same opportunity."
What you might not be able to guess is when this 72 year-old realized why she showed up to the pride parade.
Beth Anderson: "It took me a long time to come to an understanding of the wide variety of ways we express love for one another."
Beth Anderson is not gay; she is not a lesbian - What she is, is what Beth calls an advocate.
Beth Anderson: "I have a number of friends that are actually more sympathetic to this point of view that you may think."
She’s pushing for what so many people in Fargo want, which our state, North Dakota, has been pulling away from.
Todd Steele: "If you fall in love with somebody whether it be two women, two men, or a man and a woman. Whatever."
Nicole Siegel: "Everybody needs to have the equal rights."
Fargo commissioner, Melissa Sobolik, among other city leaders rallied with advocates after the Pride Parade, addressing issues like hate crimes and violence in our neighborhoods against the LGBT community. Leaders also talked about how we can work to resolve our civil rights problems in this state.
Timothy Purdon: "Folks on the east side of the river have had the right to marry who they love. North Dakotans don't have that civil right. That's wrong."
Pride festivities wrapped up after the rally at SideStreet.