A roster of big banks helped bankroll the estimated $26,000 tab to hold this weekend's fifth annual Hong Kong Gay Pride Parade.

Organizers estimated 5,200 people took part in the march, more than twice as many as two years ago. Police estimated the crowd at 4,500.

Marchers stepped off at Victoria Park and followed a giant rainbow flag to the government offices in Admiralty. Leading the parade was Equal Opportunities Commission chairperson Dr. York Chow Yat-ngok.

“LGBTs face discrimination at home, in education, in the workplace and in social circles,” Chow said in addressing the crowd gathered at Victoria Park. “Hong Kong should move ahead, and I hope you can influence everyone in society to move forward.”

JP Morgan and Citibank joined Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Nomura, along with two dozen other companies, as corporate sponsors of this year's parade.

“The Hong Kong Pride Parade creates an opportunity for LGBT and LGBT-friendly people to come together and raise awareness of LGBT inclusiveness in Hong Kong,” Paul Choi, executive director of Goldman Sachs' Human Capital Management division, said in a statement. “As a company, we have been participating in the parade since 2008, and we are glad to see more people taking part as Hong Kong becomes more inclusive.”

“Citi is proud to sponsor HK Pride,” Justin Lowes, regional head of Service Management at Cibibank Hong Kong, said in a statement provided to Fridae. “We believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for all employees within Citi and this philosophy extends to the families of our employees, our community, customers and our future employees. We view HK Pride as a public demonstration of this commitment and most importantly an opportunity for us to vocally support the LGBT and LGBT ally community in Hong Kong.”