Organizers are expecting more than 1,500 people to attend the Big Sky Pride celebration in Great Falls this weekend.
But following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando this past weekend that left 50 people dead and 53 more injured, Big Sky Pride President Kev Hamm of Helena says he hopes the event that starts this afternoon will draw a much bigger crowd.
Close to 5,000 people attended last year's parade in Missoula.
The weekend celebration includes meals, entertainment and dancing, along with a bike ride, parade and rally on Saturday.
It is open to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and those who support them.
In Missoula, nearly 100 people gathered in front of the University of Montana’s Main Hall last night to see a rainbow.
The plain brick building was lit with the colors of the gay pride flag to support the victims of last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando.