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Thousands attend Savannah Pride Festival at Forsyth Park

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Thousands came out to Forsyth Park Saturday in record-breaking attendance for the Savannah Pride Festival.

People of all backgrounds and sexualities enjoyed live performances and music - including country singer Billy Gilman from NBC's The Voice.

Organizers tell us the annual festival, which also had several lead-up events, is a chance for the LGBT community to create an open and judgment-free space celebrating who they really are. The opening event on Friday at the Andaz Hotel raised $17,000 for the future LGBT Center planned for Savannah.

The event was described as a coming together of diversity and community.

"We're celebrating diversity and creating a great environment where its family friendly anybody is welcome to attend and just have some fun," said Regan Drake, Savannah Pride Festival Director.

"A lot of people are not accepting of being gay or lesbian so by the community coming together it makes us strong," said Larry Burton Jr., festival attendee.

The night ended with a tribute to the Lady Chablis who opened up the original Savannah Pride Festival 17 years ago.

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