NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The party is on in downtown Nashville as thousands attend the city’s pride festival.
Saturday marks the 28th anniversary of pride fest in Nashville and event organizers say the event continues to grow.
Up to 20,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event.
“I’m really excited about being here today. The great community outpouring in this environment is just wonderful,” said attendee Sherise Stogner.
A walk around Downtown kicked off Saturday’s festivities and for the first time in Nashville Pride’s history, Metro police walked in uniform in the walk to show their stance on equality.
“I think this is an opportunity in light of recent events in Orlando, this is an opportunity for the LGBT community to come together and to celebrate pride and to be a group of people and enjoy the day,” said Nashville Pride’s president elect, Phil Cobucci.
According to LifeFlight, about 200 people have been treated at this weekend’s pride events for heat related illnesses.
Ambulances have been called to the scene 45 to 50 times, with eight people transported to the hospital and about 200 people were treated on the scene at the cooling stations.