A reason to celebrate! 28th Annual PrideFest kicks off one year after gay marriage ban overturned

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MILWAUKEE -- Celebrating pride and privilege. It's been one year since same-sex couples in Wisconsin were granted the right to get married and Friday, unions and also overall equality are being celebrated at the 28th Annual PrideFest.

As rainbow flags blow in the wind, same-sex couples proudly enjoy their ability to self-express.

"This is a safe space for people to just be themselves. We want people to be comfortable. Come out here, hang out with their friends and families and be able to celebrate what it means to be part of the LGBT community," said Jorna Taylor, with Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors.

As the gates opened, folks entered looking forward to an extra special celebration on Friday, June 5th. It marks the one year anniversary of the day a federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

"Wisconsin has come so far just within a year," said Taylor.

After the ruling, hundreds of same-sex couples flocked to the Milwaukee County Courthouse to exercise their right to exchange vows.

Alvin and Jazmin Eubanks were among them.

"This is one of my biggest memories," said Alvin Eubanks.

PrideFest holds a special place in their hearts.

"We got to the front gate and we went into the Miller Stadium where they were announcing the first gay couple was married. He got on his knees and said "baby, I love you would you marry me?" -- I said "are you serious, in front of everyone,?" everyone said "girl say yes!" I said yes," said Jazmin Eubanks.

This weekend, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will celebrate equality, and diversity while enjoying an uplifting vibe.

"At the end of the day we are all human beings and we all have rights and I think everyone has the right to be happy. What you do behind closed doors shouldn't be anyone else's problem. It's one life, love it -- enjoy it be with those that make you feel good," said Rossen Hristlv, attended PrideFest.

The celebrations are just beginning -- Friday evening, the first 500 couples who were married will be honored during the opening ceremonies.

There are also a number of acts that will take the stage all weekend long.

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