The grand marshal Neville MacKay. Brian Dubreuil/CBC photo

The Halifax Pride Parade made its 24th annual appearance in Halifax Saturday afternoon.

Organizers estimated about 60,000 people to line the streets of the city's downtown.

A bit of fog came in with the parade, but it didn't dampen the spirit of parade-goers.

Mel Power travelled from Amherst to attend her first Pride parade, something she's wanted to do for a long time.

She said attitudes towards openly gay people still are behind the times in rural Nova Scotia and have a long way to go.

"I can honestly say that it's not as open as, like if you were in a large centre."

About 1,400 participants from local businesses and community groups were in the parade.

The parade began on Lower Water Street, then ran along Barrington Street, up Spring Garden Road and along South Park Street, ending at the Garrison Grounds.

The prize for best commercial entry in this year's parade went to Casino Nova Scotia for its showgirl theme.

Jay Wells Salon won most original entry.