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HOUSTON Gay pride took center stage Saturday for the 32nd straight year in Houston s Montrose area.

Trevor Eade, Pride organizer,said in addition to thepopularity of the annual event, the fact that the cityelected an openly gay mayor is proofthe Bayou City is gay-friendly.

Having Mayor Annise Parker at the helm of our city just goes to demonstrate that as a city, we will vote someone into office and it isn t just about sexual orientation, Eade says.

The evening parade was expected to bring a crowd of almost 200,000 and is listed as one of the city s top ten annual events.

Freddi Jensen said she s glad to see so many people show up to support the community.Her son was killed in 2008 and she started a non-profit group to push acceptance.

Healing Out Loud is here because my gay son was murdered two years ago, said Jensen.

Andy Cohen of the BRAVO network made an appearance as Grand Marshall for the parade along with Mayor Parker.

I just kind of always thought of Barbara Bush and the former president, her husband and the Bush dynasty, which isn t you know ,doesn t have the most progressive record, saidCohen.

Cohen was excited about his first real visit to the country s fourth largest city.

I wanna meet a cowboy. I want some barbecue. I wanna meet Barbara Bush and I wanna shake the mayor s hand, admits Cohen.

According to the Houston s Convention and Visitor s Bureau, Houston is listed as a destination place for the gay community, and there was no more proof than Saturday s parade.

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