SANTA BARBARA,Calif. - Organizers of the Pacific Pride Festival on Saturday told the crowd it is important to foster visibility.
They don't want lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or heterosexual people to be afraid to tell their stories.
Members of the LGTBQ community kicked off their pride festival with a rally in De La Guerra Plaza and a march down State Street toward Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara.
Participants wore rainbow hat, shirts, and other clothing.
They also held signs with messages such as 'pride = resist.'
Some city council members joined in the rally.
Rep. Salud Carbajal and State Attorney General Xavier Becerra were on hand before taking part of a town hall meeting at Santa Barbara City College.
The festival serves as a celebration of sexuality and diversit.
It is also a fundraiser for Pacific Pride Foundation programs and services in Santa Barbara County.