SAN DIEGO--A television mom, a comedic actress, and a famous intern were among the 150,000 who came out for the 37th annual San Diego Pride festival over the weekend.
Meredith Baxter, known for her role as Elyse Keaton in Family Ties, served as celebrity grand marshal in the LGBT celebrations in Hillcrest.
“I really wanted to participate. The gay community has been embracing to me and I want to embrace it right back,” said Baxter.
The Tonight Show's comedian "Ross the Intern" was in Saturday's parade and served as emcee of the festival.
“It's really fun. I mean there are so many colorful people, but I really love seeing gay families with children. I love seeing straight allies with their children out here -- really celebrating diversity,” said Ross Mathews.
The headliner of the night -- Margaret Cho -- made it out to Pride, even though she was under the weather.
“Well it’s a big deal. It’s a huge event and I’m so proud. My family lives here [in San Diego] so this is an important Pride celebration for me,” said Cho.
Thousands in attendance had a lot to be happy about as the gay community recently reached huge milestones.
“It's really a moment of change. New York just legalized gay marriage; I can’t help but think California has got to be next. We are a trend-setting state. It’s got to happen,” said Mathews.
Members of the military marched openly for the first time in the history of gay pride parades.