There doesn’t need to be rain for the rainbow that’s going to hit the city this weekend.

It’s Calgary’s 20th anniversary of gay Pride Parade celebrations and organizers expect it to be louder and prouder than even last year’s record attendance of 10,000 people.

“We had our most successful year in terms of attendance last year and we hope to have even more this year,” Pride Calgary president Sam Casselman said, adding she hopes the rain stays away.

“I think it’s because as an organization we’re more organized, but also because gay rights are becoming more accepted, which is important for a conservative city like Calgary.”

Casselman said there will be a speaker at the parade that was involved with Pride when it began in 1990, but she also hopes people will enjoy the pride dances, parties and of course, the parade.

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