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    Colorful flags fly over Richard Emerson's booth selling leather, belts, flags and rings at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    L-r Jo Morris, Michelle Kay and Christi Cook sing along with the band She-N-She at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    L-r Q. Michael Dewalt and Storm Hambrick at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Danny Chacon enjoys Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Ian Netupsky (front left) listens to religious demonstrators both for and against gay rights at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Huge crowds uptown at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Huge crowds uptown at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Pledge of Allegiance and Opening Ceremonies on the stage at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Anastasia Clark of Charlotte (front) holds her arms up as she and others cheer after the singing of the National Anthem at Opening Ceremonies at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Lynda Byrd carries her son Anthony, 7, at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Kevyn Slade at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    L-r Kristen Nance and Lauren Farris dance to the live music at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    L-r Ebony Brown an Sharon Harris of Raleigh listen to the band M'ya at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Dixie the dog, belonging to Steve and Rebecca Howard, at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    Colorful items in the booths at Saturday's Gay Pride Festival in uptown Charlotte. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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