First ever Bay Pride Festival

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Saturday made history for Bay County.

Some of the WJHG and WECP family at the Bay Pride Festival. (WJHG/WECP)

"We're out here for the first ever Bay Pride Festival," WJHG Anchor Ron Marasco said.

Many members of the LGBTQ community say they felt love and acceptance.

"I'm surprised so many people showed up to support us all. There's people who don't necessarily participate in the LGBTQ community that are just here to support and I love it, it's just so heartwarming," Kristen McCullough, who attended the festival, said.

For some like McCullough, finding this self-awareness has been tough.

"As I started going through changes I always thought like being gay or anything other than cisgender was wrong and I think now that I have my mom’s support and she understands it has been a journey but I'm so glad it happened," McCullough said.

Some in our own WJHG/WECP family feel the love throughout the community.

"It means a lot to me that so many people support us," Marasco said.

To show support, vendors from all over the area brought goodies to sell.

"It's, I guess, a day to support everyone that is, you know, they like what they like and whatnot, so it supports them and I'm down for it. We're all human," Chili Jelly Vendor Jeremy Conner said.

This festival allowed some to finally feel they can live their life in ease.

"It means freedom," McCullough said.

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