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Jun 29, 2014 12:00 AM by Ashlea Bullington

Baton Rouge PRIDE Festival at Belle of Baton Rouge Casino

In Baton Rouge the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community met at Belle of Baton Rouge to show their unity and support of one another. The Baton Rouge PRIDE festival is one of many around the state of Louisiana, and other PRIDE groups from around the state came together for the event.

The Baton Rouge PRIDE festival is a daylong LGBT event held today from noon to 6 p.m. Activities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered included the Blessing of Relationships, which in 2013 featured two pastors blessing two to three dozen couples.

The festival also features musical performances, including Daphne MuShatt and The Shiz, The Krewe of Divas, Princess Kutt and Shawn Thomas. As well as an acknowledgement of the "oldest" and "newest" relationships at the festival.

Acadiana Pride President, Ted Richard, was there supporting the festival. He believes the only way they will reach equality is through unity of all the LGBT communities in Louisiana. He told KATC that he looks forward to the day he could say "I do" in his home state.

He feels the dominos are falling into place for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities to have the same rights as heterosexual couples. He said, "Marriage is marriage, there is no difference. When you love someone and want to be with them that should be enough".

Immediately after the festival is over there is an Equality March from the Belle Casino to the State Capitol from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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