Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com
A first in 30 years for the city of Fort Worth.
It's a sight the city of Fort Worth has never seen before. Rainbows floating down Main Street in the heart of downtown.
For the first time, the "Ride the Rainbow" Pride Parade was held in the middle of downtown. It's a day the gay, lesbian, and transgender community say they've been waiting for for a long time.
"Fort Worth is very conservative, so now it's like popping out. And it's going to be better for the community," said parade spectator Jose Luis Castillo.
It took 30 years, but Saturday the Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association finally got the visibility it wanted, an achievement one of the GLBT community's most well-known members is proud of.
City Council member Joel Burns said it "is a great indication of what an open and accepting place Fort Worth is and it's a great place for gays and lesbians. It's a great place for everyone else."
Parade organizers made Mayor Betsy Price one of their grand marshals for showing her support. "The majority of them are just hard-working folks earning a living like the rest of us," said Price.
A large group from the 600-member Celebration Community Church marched with colorful balloons and longhorns. "The city of Fort Worth is more progressive, by far, than it's ever been, and we're continuing to make strides daily," said Rev. Carol West.
"The community has certainly come together in not just times of crisis but in times of celebration, as today," said church member Trae Hamilton.
The parade marchers and watchers celebrated with messages like "Love conquers hate" and openly displayed affection for each other.
But gays and lesbians sent the message with a float carrying same-sex couples that there's still work to be done to achieve the equality they want, like making same-sex marriage legal in Texas.