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PORTLAND -- There were motorcycles and marchers, drag queens in cars and bands as the annual Portland Pride parade wound through the Rose CitySunday.

It is an opportunity to realize that we are out and proud today and this is our day for celebration, participant Ceasar Casias said.

For more than 25 years the day of celebration is also, for many, education.

This year's parade comes just one month after two young men were attacked while holding hands near the Hawthorne Bridge. The victims' say a group of men were laughing and pointing at them moments before they started throwing punches.

That was a lesson for all, you know, we do not need hate, we need love in life.Love is life, Casias said. Days later, thousands of people from the Portland area took a stand against the violenceholding hands across the Hawthorne in support of the gay community.

I think it's great, it's a show of support, it's a show of tolerance, if not embracing. Portland to me is all about diversity, and they show it everyday, marcher Aedan James said.

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