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Bostonians march in annual pride parade



BOSTON ( - Thousands gathered in Boston to march in the 45th annual Boston Pride Parade.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh started the event with a rainbow ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday at noon. Those participating marched from Copley Plaza to City Hall Plaza where a festival was held to celebrate.

Parade Chair Martha Plaza said the parade is a "wonderful display of diversity here in the City of Boston."

The city's mayor thinks so, too, saying Boston has come a long way when it comes to marriage equality.

"I think Massachusetts and Boston is the leader in allowing benefits and having marriage equality. I think we have come a long way," Walsh said.

Several other officials took part in the parade, including the first openly gay attorney general Maura Healy and the Mayor of Attleboro Kevin J. Dumas.