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Annapolis Pride: The parade and festival in photos

Thousands of people gathered in the streets and sidewalks of downtown Annapolis on Saturday to celebrate being “Anchored with Pride.”

A parade featuring dozens of groups — including a boisterous drumline, dancers, vote-seeking politicians and plenty of people waving rainbow flags — wound its way down Main and West Streets before ending with a festival at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts .

The grand marshal was fashion designer Christian Siriano, who grew up in the area and washed hair at an Annapolis salon before getting his big break as the youngest winner of “Project Runway.” He launched his own fashion brand and has dressed some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

For Annapolis Pride board chairman Joe Toolan, Siriano’s landing was a coup.

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A large unicorn walks down West St. during the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
A person waves a transgender flag to celebrate Pride Month as they march during the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)

“We’ve wanted him to come for years, but it never worked out,” Toolan said. “And so it’s really exciting to have him here this year because this year the theme is ‘Anchored with Pride.’ And if he doesn’t show people how to be themselves, no one will.”

As Siriano waved to fans along the parade route, the affair was kicked off by Governor Wes Moore and a vocal group of staffers and supporters. Annapolis Pride boasted that Moore is the first sitting governor to participate in the parade, which runs just steps from the Governor’s Mansion and the State House.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman waves a rainbow flag as he walks down Main St. during the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
U.S. Senatorial candidate Larry Hogan greets supporters on West St. during the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
Miss Annapolis Pride 2024 Jalah Nicole waves as they ride Main St. during the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
Two people waving rainbow flags shout as they celebrate Pride Month during the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
A young girl is seen with a rainbow sticker on her forehead and a flag in her hair along West St. during the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
A person holds up a SpongeBob SquarePants sign and mocks the phrase “homosexuality is a sin” as they walk down West St. during the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)
People wave rainbow flags on West St. during the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024. (Ulysses Muñoz/The Baltimore Banner)

Moore, a Democrat, said he was excited to participate as a way to show “how important all Marylanders are to the future of our state.”

“This is a community that is making remarkable contributions, and contributions that the state needs,” Moore said. “There’s no place I’d rather be than here.”