Thousands of people packed the streets of downtown Calgary today for this year's Pride Parade.

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Premier Alison Redford made history as the first Alberta premier to march in a pride parade.

More than 35,000 people attended the event last year and the official numbers are expected to be even higher this year.

The parade is also making history — Premier Alison Redford is taking part, marking the first time an Alberta Premier has done so.

CBC Calgary is also joining the celebration with a float in the parade and about 20 staff members will be taking part.

The Calgary Eyeopener's David Gray and Angela Knight will be there, as will The Homestretch's Doug Dirks.

A festival will follow the parade and takes place Sunday afternoon at Shaw Millenium Park.