LINCOLN, Neb. - For the first time in history, Nebraska's capital city has held a pride parade.
The Star City Pride Parade made its debut Saturday, with thousands in attendance, according to organizers.
The parade was emceed by Star City Pride Vice President Dan Huntley, and comedians Tia Pet and Brad Stewart.
"It was just so awesome to see so many people celebrating with love and positivity," Stewart told News Channel Nebraska.
“We’re proving that we can’t do this alone," Huntley told news partner 10/11. "We depend on each other. Together we rise. Together we make it happen."
Star City Pride Parade organizers said that they were happy to be able to to hold the parade in 2021, especially since the pandemic cancelled what was supposed to be the very first parade in 2020.
“It’s so important for these kids to see other people like them, so they can be comfortable being themselves,” Huntley said.
Stewart said the event took on extra meaning, falling on Juneteenth.
"The first Pride was started by a black trans woman, so Pride is itself black history," Stewart said. "It was a beautiful day."
SCP leaders said they are planning on bringing the annual tradition back every year, making it bigger and better each time.