By Hilary Broman
Photos By Hilary Broman and Wade Faast
Thousands of people gathered along the sides of Lomas Boulevard on Saturday morning to celebrate the 41st annual Pride Parade.
The parade was a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community.
Many local businesses participated in the parade such as; Sandia National Laboratories and Albuquerque Public Schools.
Nationally recognized businesses such as; Planned Parenthood and T-Mobile also participated.
The Grand Marshal of the parade was Axel Andrews, an entertainer from Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Florida.
Pulse Nightclub was the location of a deadly mass shooting that took place in June 2016, in which the shooter specifically targeted members of the LGBTIQ community.
Pride Parades around the world are meant to build unity and strength in the LGBTIQ+ community as well as send a message to others that they will not tolerate hate.
This was the first year the Albuquerque Pride Parade took place on Lomas Boulevard.
Due to ART construction on central the parade did not take place on its normal route.