Paris' annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday was brightened by the promise that the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande would legalize gay marriage in 2013.

The always colorful parade followed Friday's announcement.

Dominique Bertinotti, junior minister for families, told Le Parisien that gay couples would be allowed to marry and adopt children together “within a year.”

“They will have the same rights and duties as any married couple,” she said.

“This is a special parade because it is the first time we have a government, a president, a parliament who are in favor of progress,” Nicolas Gougain, spokesman for the gay rights group Inter-LGBT, told the AFP.

Many in the crowd, however, remained skeptical.

“We need to wait and see if these are not just empty promises,” said one reveler. “But it would be good if it does happen so that people who want to get married can.”

Currently, France recognizes gay couples with PACS, a form of domestic partnership which offers significantly fewer protections than marriage. Only married couples may adopt.

Conservatives have balked at the idea of marriage equality in the largely Catholic nation. However, having lost their parliamentary majority during last month's elections, they remain powerless to stop it.

(Related: Spain's Constitutional Court to rule on gay marriage.)