Hundreds of community members painted downtown Iowa City with pride on June 16, leaving behind cheering spectators, honking vehicles, candy, fliers, and dozens of rainbow balloons.
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and their supporters honored June Pride Month by parading downtown and gathering on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City's annual Pride Parade and Festival.
Bridget Malone, a co-head of the Iowa City Pride Committee, said the event, as one of Iowa City's longest running parades, has changed a lot in its 40 years. What used to be more of a protest has evolved into more of a celebration, she said.
"These days, we're very blessed in Iowa to have achieved pretty much 99 percent equality," said Malone. "We are celebrating the LGBT pride in our community, pride in Iowa City, and pride for all of the positive changes that are happening in America."