400,000 show for Twin Cities Pride

Pride on parade along Hennepin avenue.
Pride on parade along Hennepin avenue.
Jon Behm

Maybe they were buoyed by news that the New York Legislature had just passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage.

Maybe they ventured out because, unlike last year, the weather in Loring Park didn't feel like a steam bath.

Whatever it was, organizers say something like 400,000 people showed up for Twin Cities Pride over the weekend, helping the event bolster its bragging rights as one of the biggest annual LGBT gatherings.

More: Jon Behm's slideshow of the Pride Parade.

Along with the parade down Hennepin Avenue and the festival in Loring Park, Pride took on a renewed political focus this year.

Politics at Pride.
Politics at Pride.

The Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature has set up a potential gay marriage ban via statewide ballot in 2012, and LGBT activists used Pride as a place to help organize their fight against the measure.

Gov. Mark Dayton, who opposes the ballot question, made history Saturday when he became the first Minnesota governor to march in the Pride parade.

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