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Pride Fest 2018 kicks off in East Village

Celebrating with pride-- that's what thousands of Iowans did on Saturday.
The LGBTQ community took part in all the Pride Fest fun happening in the East Village.
This is the 40th year for the festival in Des Moines.
Organizers and patrons say the festivities are a great way to recognize how far Iowa has come with LGBTQ rights and equality.
"It's somewhat empowering. There's a lot of kids down here, there's a lot of people out-- in just what they wear, what they like to be, what they're doing. It's really cool to see Des Moines put on something like this, something this big for this long and have so much support from the local businesses."
The party continues Saturday night and Sunday. 
The annual Pride parade will be on Sunday at noon. It'll start at the Statehouse and continue west on Grand Avenue.


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