ROANOKE,Va. -

Thousands made their way to Roanoke Pride this year at the River's Edge North.

The annual event aims to promote acceptance, visibility, and a sense of community in the Southwestern Virginia LGBT community. The event featured vendors and music. Though it has rain for most of the day, it didn't stop the crowd.

“I think with our community, so many places that we go, we face judgment and here people can come and truly be themselves; express themselves however they want,” said event organizer Leslie Miller.

Alexis Mateo was also scheduled to make an appearance. He appeared on the reality television show, "RuPaul's Drag Race".