LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock's first gay pride parade saw huge crowds in downtown Little Rock Saturday.

"It was just beyond my wildest expectations. I'm so proud of every person that took part in it. It's a wonderful, wonderful thing," said longtime Arkansas resident Pam Jernigan.

Jernigan and her fiancé Rita were among the thousands of gay rights supporters who packed the streets on a rainy Saturday afternoon for the inaugural parade.

"Whether it was civic organizations, churches, businesses the whole community came together and made it a success," added event organizer Jennifer Pierce. "It's great seeing history made here in Arkansas."

Police were on hand to escort the line of floats through the river market. There were no organized protests at the parade although some people reported seeing a handful of anti-gay signs along the route.

"We'll do our thing you do yours. I'm not expecting you to marry a man if you're a man, but I'd like to," Hendrix student Aurora Anna Screima told THV about the debate over same sex marriage in Arkansas. "It might not be in the next few years, but I think it's coming."

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