|Talk about how Michael Sam coming out helped more people be more comfortable about||coming out.|
|Despite the less than ideal conditions, more than a thousand people showed up for the Pride Parade.|
|People gather around the starting spot for the Gay Pride Parade on April 30th, 2014.|
|There were many participants this year at the Gay Pride Parade.|
|People converse about 15 minutes prior to the start of the parade.|
|A nice custom is the assortment of colors that go along with the Pride Parade.|
The 2014 Gay Pride Parade provided many participants this year both gay and non-gay. The annual parade begins in Brady Fountains near the M-U Student Center and draws thousands of people. This year, at least at Mizzou, was more significant because of the fact Missouri Defensive End announced to the world he was gay, making him potentially the first openly gay player in NFL history. However, I talked to one participant who said that there could still be more done about this. "Yes it was great Michael Sam announced he was gay, it was a big step for him. However, he's only one person, and I wish that there was just as much support for people who aren't at the stature that Michael is at."
The parade ran for about three hours and had many activities along the way. The support of this parade has increased significantly each year, which gives people some hope.