Thousands of revelers, many waving rainbow flags symbolizing gay rights, crowded Washington streets for the city's gay pride parade. ''We are here, we're queer and you have to deal with us whether you like it or not,'' says spectactor Tyler Fields. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Thousands of revelers, some waving rainbow flags symbolizing gay rights, crowded Washington streets on Saturday for the city's gay pride parade in an annual party that saw anti-corporate protesters briefly block its route. Cheering spectators packed sidewalks as floats with rainbow balloons and papier mache rainbows snaked 1.5 miles (2.4 km) through residential neighbourhoods several blocks north of the White House. In almost 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) heat, some men went shirtless or donned feather boas. Protesters who oppose the Capital Pride parade's corporate backing, which includes bank Wells Fargo & Co and weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp, briefly blocked the parade route and forced it to be rerouted. The protest group, No Justice No Pride, said in a statement that Capital Pride also needed to add a transgender minority woman to its board and bar police from marching in the parade. The Capital Pride parade was among a bevy of gay pride events this weekend scheduled for cities across the United States, including Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. The parade in the heavily Democratic U.S. capital featured T-shirts that said "Love Trumps Hate," an apparent reference to President Donald Trump. The Republican has voiced support for gay rights but his administration has revoked federal guidelines that let transgender students use bathrooms of their choice.