SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - South Bend celebrated the LGBTQ community Saturday in the heart of downtown with the South Bend Pride Block Party.
For many, Saturday was a monumental moment for the LGBTQ community in South Bend.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg stopped by with his husband, Chasten Glezeman, following their wedding earlier today. The pair arrived in a red Studebaker car with nothing but smiles. Dozens of community members gathered to take photos with the happy couple and give them well wishes. Buttigieg said the day was an amazing one and, of course, wished the revelers a happy Pride Week.
NewsCenter 16's Lindsay Stone met a woman who drove all the way from Layfayette to celebrate and said attending the event was on her bucket list.
Another man says today is an emotional one for him.
"To be able to come out, in public, in broad daylight, and to have some kind of celebration to say, 'This is who I am, and it's OK,' [is special]," LGBTQ Center Board Member Chip Roush said. "I've seen a number of people crying today because they were so glad to see people celebrating, to be able to say proudly and safely, 'This is who I am.'"
The block party and rally came to a close, but a bonus after-party began at 9 p.m. at the Dockside Nightclub for those who are 21 and older.