CONWAY Ark. (KTHV) -- Sunday marks the annual pride parade in Conway. Hundreds came out to participate and spread the message of tolerance. John Schenck and Robert Loyd, two long time Conway residents, organized the parade.
They started back in 2003 with some residents protesting, but they say over the years Conway is becoming more accepting of their efforts. They say, "Things have really changed all for the better and that's what matters."
Today's parade isn't just for central Arkansans; in fact groups that organize the pride parade in North West Arkansas came down to show their support. "We have a special pride flag that is being brought here from Fayetteville, it's about 40 feet long of rainbow pride and we couldn't be happier."
About 400 people came out to march in the parade and offer support. Loyd says it's participants that help them spread the message of tolerance. "There is now a pride month in Arkansas and not just a pride week and we like to think we've helped."
After the parade attendees celebrated by hosting a festival at Simon Park, complete with music acts and vendors.