As the Philadelphia Pride Parade marched through the Gayborhood and Old City Sunday, local gay clubs were offering their condolences to the Orlando club that was targeted in a shooting spree just hours earlier.
"The hearts of the staff, management and owners of Woody's along with Philly's LGBTQ community are heavy this morning," Woody's wrote on their Facebook page. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in Orlando Florida. Love will always prevail."
Voyeur Nightclub echoed that statement, writing " We join our LGBTQ family at Woody's in praying for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in Orlando Florida today."
Philadelphia director of LGBT affairs Nelli Fitzpatrick wrote on Facebook that police were increasing their presence at the Pride parade, but had no reports of any threats of similar violence.
"They have no reason to believe that there are any similar threats for today's Philly Pride events," Fitzpatrick wrote in the post (see full statement below). "However, PPD will be taking all necessary precautions for today's parade and festival to ensure a safe event for everyone."
Local leader issued statements on the mass shooting, while some at the parade carried signs paying tribute to the massacre.
"From the city of brotherly love, our hearts go out to Orlando and all members of the LGBTQ community today," Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted.
A vigil for the victims is planned outside Philly City Hall for 6:30 p.m. Monday night.
Pa. state rep Brian Sims urged people in the Orlando area to donate blood, as gay men are banned from donating blood by law.