POSTED: Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 7:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 10:58pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Baton Rouge residents gathered at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Saturday for Pride Fest 2011.
This is the fifth year that Pride Fest has come to the Belle. It comes int he wake of a proclamation signed by Mayor-President Kip Holden, that declared Saturday June 25th as LGBT Pride Day in Baton Rouge.
Gay marriage is now legal in New York, and Pride Fest organizers say today was an extremely important step toward progress in Louisiana.
"We think it's really important for the LGBT community in Baton Rouge to have an event like this where they can just come out, get to meet one another, visit with one another, and have some fun, " said event organizer Tom Merrill.