By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 13, 2016 at 5:26 AM

After the horrifying and heartbreaking mass shooting in Orlando this weekend – followed by news that another violent hate crime was stopped by police in California – it would have been easy and even understandable if people just stayed in the safe havens of their homes rather than go to Milwaukee’s Pride Parade.

But that’s not what happened.

Instead, the Pride Parade, which took place Sunday on South 2nd Street in Walker’s Point, drew perhaps the largest crowd of all time, packing the street for blocks and filling the neighborhood with, literally, love and rainbows.

Here are 11 more photos from the parade:

1. Balloons

2. Big ass flag

3. Smaller flag

4. Truth

5. Hands

6. Pool side

7. Dangling pride

8. "We can be heroes"

9. Prideful

10. Pride-y in pink

11. Queen of La Cage

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.