HUDSON — This weekend’s annual OutHudson Pride Parade was all about acceptance and inclusion — and pride in oneself.
Marchers represented all lifestyles on the rainbow spectrum, making their way down Warren Street waving flags, performing music and dancing to the beat.
Most donned brightly colored costumes and one and all were cheered on by the crowd.
Nicholle Badillo, of Hudson, has come to the parade every year since she was 13.
“I am bisexual and I come out to support my friends,” Badillo said.
This year’s festivities marked the event’s 10th year. The first OutHudson Pride Parade took place in 2010.
Saturday’s parade was one of the highlights of a nearly week-long series of events in Hudson celebrating the LGBTQ community. Beginning Wednesday, the celebration included 12 events at locations around the city. It is organized each year by the advocacy group OutHudson.
Debbie Heck, of Hudson, came to the parade with her family, including several grandchildren. She tries to attend each year.
“I believe we should all have equal rights, no matter what,” Heck said. “I want to show that, and I want to bring up [my grandchildren] the right way.”
Hudson was one of the first communities in the Hudson Valley to host a Pride parade. This year, Poughkeepsie celebrated its first Pride Parade on Main Street.
For Heather Cox, of Hudson, Saturday’s parade offered “just a fun time” and she wanted to bring her kids to enjoy it.
Marchers came from all corners of the community, from advocacy groups to local businesses, elected officials to candidates running in the upcoming political races. There were adults, kids, babies, and even a few canine friends adding to the celebration.
Renada Webster, of Hudson, has friends and family marching in the parade.
“I wanted to come out to show support,” Webster said.
While the parade celebrated its 10th year in Hudson, this parade had special significance for marchers — it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. The riots were a series of violent demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid in June of 1969 at the popular Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.
On Saturday, Jamie Badillo sat watching the parade because she wanted to show support for her daughter and other family members, and to help ensure equal rights for all.
“They should have equal rights,” Badillo said. “Everyone else does.”
The festivities will conclude Sunday at a Tea Dance at the Red Dot, located at 321 Warren St., from 4-9 p.m.