Kris and Cathy Irelan of Lacey walked down Legion Way, each holding the tiny hands of their 17-month-old son, Zander.
The couple smiled, appreciating the atmosphere of Olympia’s 23rd annual Capital City Pride Festival on Saturday.
“I like that there are a lot of families here,” Kris said, her wife nodding in agreement.
The women had spent the weekend in Seattle in years past, but said the festivities had gotten too racy to bring their son.
They have been together 13 years and wed at the Thurston County Courthouse at the end of December. Their marriage was made possible when state voters in November approved Referendum 74.
Another watershed moment could come this week when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on marriage equality.
Rainbow flags and the booming of music overtook downtown Olympia on Saturday as hundreds lined up to watch the noon parade during the all-day event. Vendors and booths filled the streets surrounding Sylvester Park as the lyrics of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Madonna’s “Express Yourself” filled the air.
The festival is typically two days, but because of budget issues it was consolidated into one this year, organizer Anna Schlect said.