LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A lot has happened on the national stage this past year in terms of gay rights.
And now the Lake area celebrates its 5th year of gay pride.
Friends, families and people of all ages, came together to celebrate the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
"We support anybody and everybody equally," said Hailey Winn. "Nobody is different in our eyes."
The festival was held at the L'Auberge.
The theme of the day was support love.
This year, more than 1,500 people attended.
And while the crowd grows every year, the mission of Lake Charles Pride remains the same. They believe all people, regardless of sexual orientation, should have the same rights when it comes to marriage and family.
And many festival goers also want the community to know, the festival is for everyone.
"There are misconceptions that everyone is out here causing riots, but it's a friendly atmosphere," said Steven Barber.
Lake Charles Pride organizers said this festival is bringing Southwest Louisiana one step closer to equality.