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The event, which began at Twality Middle School, attracted 25 vehicle floats June 23

COURTESY CITY OF TIGARD - Participants in Tigards first Pride Parade gathered Wednesday, June 23, for a vehicle parade that traveled from Twality Middle School to Cook Park.A caravan of 25 colorfully decorated vehicles made their way through Tigard on Wednesday, June 23, celebrating the city's first Pride Parade. According to the city, the he parade traveled from Twality Middle School to Cook Park to the sounds of cheering community members.

Tigard Mayor Jason Snider and Chief Kathy McAlpine escorted the parade to the routes end in Cook Park, according to social media posts by the city.

"Colorful banners, signs and a celebrity unicorn balloon were present during the quick dance party that took place at the parades end," the city said.

Reached later, Snider said the first Pride Parade was "absolutely fabulous." Because of the COVID-19 safety plans in place, Snider said, the event could not be directly advertised in order to keep crowds from gathering. COURTESY CITY OF TIGARD - Community members display a balloon used to decorate cars that participated in the citys first Pride Parade, held on June 23.

The mayor said the event almost didn't occur because of the pandemic, but that a few middle school students wanted to find a way to make it happen.

"Based on all the interest, we are confident that next year we will have a much larger Pride Parade," Snider said.COURTESY CITY OF TIGARD - Tigard Mayor Jason Snider, right, was one of the participants in the June 23 Pride Parade.

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