San Antonio gay pride parade surges after rulings

POSTED: 1:31 PM Jun 30 2013   UPDATED: 1:48 PM Jun 30 2013

(AP) - Organizers of San Antonio's gay pride festival say they had record attendance this weekend, on the heels of two Supreme Court rulings celebrated by gay-rights advocates.

About 5,000 people attended the Pride Bigger Than Texas festival Saturday, with another 15,000 people estimated to have watched a race with men who wore high heels before a parade.

An organizer for the advocacy group Get Equal TX tells the San Antonio Express-News ( ) that the recent Supreme Court rulings have added "some energy in the air."

The court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, and effectively allowed same-sex marriages in California to continue.