Saskatoon's annual pride parade swept through Saskatoon's rainy downtown core on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the wet weather, hundreds of people came out to participate.

Melissa Squire, owner of Alchemy Clothing & Salon, remembers the first pride parade she attended five years ago in the city and said she is happy to see how the celebration of sexual diversity has grown over the years.

"That year we didn't even have a float, just a vehicle and a couple of people walking. But it was still fun and it was sunny," Squire said laughing. 

This year's parade saw several large floats cruise through the city. A stand-out float from local LGBTQ bar, 302 Lounge & Discothèque, was among the loudest, blaring techno music along the route. 

Levi Souter, bartender and manager at 302 Lounge & Discothèque, said he believes the parade will continue to grow in Saskatoon as long as the support for sexually diverse people continues to grow too.

"It's a day to celebrate being in a country that we don't have to be scared who we are," Souter said.