by Andrew Crisp
Beginning with a massive rally on the Idaho State Capitol Steps, the high point of Boise Pride Week, the Pride Parade, drew thousands on Saturday.
Some sported homemade T-shirts or colorful rainbow-tinged costumes, others bared painted flesh. They gathered on the Capitol steps to hear from speakers on the importance of staying vigilant in the face of discrimination for gender identity of sexual orientation.
One man in the crowd held a cardboard sign which read: "My Cousin is Here and He's Queer: Get Over It."
Congressional candidate Nicole LeFavour asked the audience if they voted and encouraged them to register and get out early and often. The crowd cheered the openly gay lawmaker.
With that the parade mobilized down the streets of Boise, turning onto the busy Ninth Street and marching to Ann Morrison park across the river.
Gay and lesbian leaders like Ms. Gay Idaho, as well as Spencer McBride as Mr. Boise Pride, Davana White as Miss Boise Pride, and Desirae as Ms. Boise Pride, rode in an open-top convertible.
The parade culminated in the park, where vendor booths, food trucks and beer were served alongside a stage. Performers like drag queens, singers and dancers performed on the stage as the event lasted throughout the day.