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Thousands celebrate Calgary Pride Parade

Thousands of people turned out today for Calgary's Pride Parade which has wrapped up in the downtown core.

Thousands of people turned out today for Calgary's Pride Parade which has wrapped up in the downtown core.

The event culminated with a party at Shaw Millenium Park.

Alison Redford made a bit of  history today, by becoming the first Alberta premier to join in Calgary Pride Parade celebrations.

From a stage in Millenium Park in downtown Calgary she brought greetings and a message.

"Today, in Edmonton we celebrated in the pouring rain the 100th anniversary of the legislature building and so it was a really fun opportunity to think about what Alberta looked like a 100 years ago compared to what Alberta looks like today — and I like Alberta today."

Redford appeared earlier this summer at Edmonton's gay pride festivities.