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Portland Pride Parade draws thousands to downtown

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Portland on Sunday to celebrate the city's diverse LGBTQ community.

The Portland Pride Parade started at 11 a.m. and took people through Old Town before heading to the South Waterfront where the Pride Festival is expected to go on until 6 p.m.

Prior to the weekend's events, Portland police said they were going to increase patrols around the festivities and that officers would be walking on the parade route Sunday.

Chief Danielle Outlaw also addressed the Pride festival earlier in the week saying, "Members of the Portland Police Bureau will be participating in Pride events as usual. We celebrate that we are an inclusive organization, with LGBTQ members and we want to show our support for them as well as our community. We remind community members that we take bias crimes seriously and I want to ensure this message is clear: Portland police officers are sworn to protect and dedicated to serve everyone."

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