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A lot of Pride: The best images from Houston's Pride Parade — and why it's more wild, colorful & festive than ever

Photo by Dalton DeHart
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A festive spirit permeated the 36th Annual Pride Houston Parade Saturday night as several hundred thousand spectators jammed Westheimer between Dunlavy and Stanford streets Saturday night to celebrate growing acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals in the past three-and-a-half decades. Here are some exclusive scenes of the celebration from longtime photographer Dalton DeHart.

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Taking advantage of the opportunity to be part of Houston's only nighttime parade, colorful floats evoked a Mardi Gras spirit as spectators begged for beads.

Photo by Dalton DeHart
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Mayor Annise Parker, left, and longtime partner (and now spouse) Kathy Hubbard celebrated their first Pride parade as a married couple. They were wed in California in January.

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University of Houston students and alums floated down Westheimer.

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Glamazons in colorful costumes were part of the festivities. 

Photo by Dalton DeHart
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Spirits were flying high at the celebration.

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Employees at Johnson Space Center showed their pride.

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Rice University students and alumni were part of the large contingent of parade participants.

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Strike up the band!

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Even before the sun went down, spectators lined the parade route.

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Seeing such a large crowd can be an awesome experience.

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There was lots of family time at this year's Pride Parade.

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The Pride Houston parade float had a dragon theme.

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The VIP section was full of lively banter as announcers kept spectators up to date on parade participants.

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Keeping a gigantic Pride flag up along the parade route isn't easy — but it sure was fun.

Photo by Justin Saunders
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Photographer Justin Saunders captured this colorful photo from atop El Real restaurant.