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San Diego Pride honors parade contingents and volunteers

SAN DIEGO -- As the dust settles on the 2012 San Diego LGBT Pride celebration, held in July, the organization has announced the winning contingents from this year's Pride Parade and has honored the 2012 volunteers of the year.

This year's San Diego LGBT Pride Parade, held Saturday, July 21, set attendance records with over 200,000 people estimated to line the streets to watch the event pass by. Nearly 200 contingents participated in this year's parade, with the following being honored:

Crowd Favorite: Military Contingent

Decorated Vehicle: Rainbow RV

Marching: Cheer Elite

Decorated Flatbed or Float: Martini's Above Fourth

Best Balloon: Palm Springs Pride

Best Use of Theme (tie): Bourbon Street; Cheers

The organization also honored its army of volunteers at a special beach party celebration last weekend. Several hundred volunteers work many hours throughout the weekend and year-round to help San Diego Pride put on its events and programs.

This year's Event Volunteer of the Year awards were given to:

Jeremy Alford

Thomas Blasquez

Romeo Camacho

Alex Neofitidis

Chad Ryan

Haydee Sam

Jeanette Nielsen

Alan Duran Gonzalez

Noel Andersen

Dawn Weiss

Joseph Nunweiler

Connor Maddocks

Angela Van Ostran

Jessica Larson

Ryan Thedford

Pride 365 Volunteer of the Year awards were given to:

Patrick Kelly

Larry Sanchez

Steven Blocker

Photos from this year's Pride Parade are HERE. More information about San Diego Pride is online.