LA’s annual gay pride parade draws 250,000 spectators, local law enforcement brigade

Tuesday June 25, 2002

WEST HOLLYWOOD, — More than 250,000 people turned out Sunday for the 32nd annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration. 

Among the 134 parade entries were local law enforcement personnel who paraded behind a banner reading, “Gay & Lesbian Peace Officers -- serving with pride.” 

“I think it really shows how far we’ve come,” said Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief David Kalish. “As you can see, there are literally 50, 100 gay cops in the parade.” 

The parade was led by grand marshals Peter Paige, of the Showtime cable television series, “Queer as Folk,” and Doris Roberts, of the CBS series “Everybody Loves Raymond.”