A bridal party in Thoroughbred Park, the maids in pastel dresses and men in matching ties, posed as a photographer captured wedding photos.
A few blocks away, 14-year-old Kirby Cross, her face painted in rainbow hues, with a rainbow flag draped superhero-style around her shoulders, celebrated both the Lexington Pride Festival, which took place in downtown Lexington on Saturday, and the Unites States Supreme Court decision Friday that declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
Cross admitted she was too young to have thought much about having a wedding party like the one gathered a few blocks away, but she was thrilled that one day she might be able to make the decision — or not — to get hitched.
In many ways the Pride Festival, which moved to the public venue downtown in 2008 after years on a private farm, was as it always is. There were rainbow socks and flags and tutus and T-shirts. The air was filled with the smell of sausage and onions and funnel cakes, the yeasty smell of adult beverages, and the echo of a persistent techno beat.
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The pride on display came in all shapes, sizes and gender expressions, but for every elaborately adorned drag queen in 6-inch heels and equally tall mounds of teased hair, there were dozens of pairs of moms and dads in khakis and T-shirts holding their children's hands as they walked through the crowd.
Still, Saturday's festival felt different because of Friday's ruling. There was a perceptible hum in the crowd, estimated by organizers to be 20,000 for the daylong event.
Heather Hillje, 33, said she never expected what happened Friday. "Seriously," she said. "Never."
"I'm super excited and, you know, everybody is more pumped just to be here," she said.
Earlier in the day, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray kicked off the festival by reading a proclamation.
"At the beginning, it says 'pride day.' But if I had a pen right now, I would change it and I would add to it one word before it: 'historic pride day,'" Gray said to cheers from the crowd.
That history wasn't lost on Brandi Messick, 25. "It makes it a lot better. It is great that there is true equality," she said. "I don't feel like I am being looked at like I am different."
Ryan Hillard was at his second pride festival in two days, having traveled from Friday's celebration in Cincinnati. He was excited about the Supreme Court ruling in part because people have waited a long time to hear that news.
But he was also glad that it put festivalgoers in a good mood, one he said had translated to increased sales of the rainbow flags overflowing from a cart he was pushing down the street.
"I'm going to make some money," he said with a wide grin before hollering to passersby with a carnie's cadence: "Flags! Flags! You need a rainbow flag?"