Pride Parade in downtown Wichita

The 2011 Wichita Pride Parade took place this afternoon in downtown Wichita, part of the weekend-long Wichita Pride Festival. The parade's goal is to showcase "the colorful diversity and creative community participation" of the Wichita area's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.

A featured speaker at the event was Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq veteran and Arabic linguist discharged from the Army under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy who has become an advocate for gay rights and veterans' health.