The United States Navy, Region Southwest has granted permission for active duty troops under its command to march in uniform at Saturday's San Diego Gay Pride Parade.

“San Diego has a strong military presence and a large LGBT community, and it is important to our LGBT servicemembers that we honor their full identity and service to our country. We are grateful to the Navy Region Southwest command for extending their support to our event and to these courageous servicemembers,” San Diego LGBT Pride General Manager, Stephen Whitburn, said in a statement.

In 2011, San Diego Pride made history as the first parade to host an active duty military contingent while “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” was still in effect.

“This year, San Diego Pride will continue our proud tradition of welcoming members of the armed forces – active duty and veterans – as well as their loved ones and family to lead the annual pride parade as part of the Military Contingent. We are proud to honor those who have served our country and provide this space to recognize them during San Diego’s largest civic event,” parade organizers wrote.

More than 300 servicemembers are expected to take part in this year's parade.