Atlanta Pride Parade 2018

Gigi DeLaney and family attending Atlanta Pride Parade 2018.

Atlanta Pride has wrapped up after a weekend with so many sights and sounds.

The Atlanta Police Department estimates that more than 100,000 people filled the streets of midtown Atlanta for the parade, which CBS46 brought you live on Peachtree TV.

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It was a weekend 48 years in the making, a build up of joy, confidence, freedom and pride.

"It's just beautiful because we only get this once a year to be around people that love each other. It's just wonderful," said Jazmin Chacon.

"It's important," said Melissa Perdoma, who traveled to the parade from Auburn, Alabama. "We want them to know from the get-go that we are against bullying or shutting anyone out because it's a certain group. You should be free to love who you want to love."

Others came seeking an outlet to be true to who they are inside.

"I just came out here to embrace myself," said Sakora Eclipse, a first-time attendee from Milwaukee. "A lot of people really don't get to express themselves how they're supposed to. A lot of people are caught up with family ties and all of that. Me being able to finally get this weekend, I'm so excited. I am going to remember this forever."

The Pride Parade only runs about 2 miles through the city, but lasts well over two hours because of the crowds packing through midtown Atlanta.

"When you have a celebration like this, it says that we are still, as one of the signs says in the parade, a city that's too busy to hate," said Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. "We are a city that embraces all of our diversity and the Pride Parade is just a reflection of that."

In addition to the estimated 100,000 who attended the parade, police say more than 250,000 participated in festivities the entire weekend.

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