BILLINGS, Mont. — Billings officials have announced the city will be hosting its first gay pride parade in nine years.

The Billings Gazette reports ( ) the Big Sky Pride event will take begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the city’s downtown.

Kev Hamm, president of Big Sky Pride, says the event has a budget of about $23,000 from donations.

Hamm promised that rally speakers, including a number of office-holders, will be both “short and sweet.”

Supplemental events are going on between Thursday and Sunday.

Information from: The Billings Gazette,

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