Thousands March In Starkville, Mississippi’s First-Ever Pride Parade Weeks After City Denies Permit

Thousands of people marched in the first-ever Starkville, Mississippi gay pride parade on Saturday.

City leaders had originally voted to deny a request for a parade permit but later reversed their decision after a federal lawsuit was filed by LGBT rights activists.

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of LGBT advocacy group Campaign for Southern Equality, told NBC that the parade was the city’s “largest ever.”

“They wouldn’t take no for an answer and then went on to organize the largest parade ever in Starkville,” she said. “The reality is that LGBTQ people live in every town across Mississippi, and we will keep fighting until they are fully equal and free from discriminatory treatment.”

About 2,500 residents marched in Saturday’s pride parade, NBC News reported.