Extra celebratory mood at Holland Area Pride

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The party continues Saturday for supporters of same-sex marriage — and people in West Michigan are celebrating at the annual Holland Area Pride event.

This, of course, after the Supreme Court’s historic 5-to-4 ruling Friday that allows same-sex couples to get married in all 50 states.

Organizers actually had this event planned long ago — it’s the eleventh year they’ve held some sort of celebration for the local LGBT community.

For them, Friday’s ruling is perfect timing — and it’s added a whole new significance to this year’s celebration.

A little music, some food, and various vendors filled the Window on the Waterfront Park for this afternoon’s festivities.

Event organizers say they hope the ruling — and events like this one — will start to change the way some people think about same-sex couples.

“I hope so… I really do… I mean I think that people are really understanding that love is love and you really can’t help you fall in love with. And we need to celebrate love no matter what form it takes,” said Tom Dula, an organizer of Holland Area Pride.

Saturday’s event continues from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Eighth Street.

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