With a week before voters head to the polls, candidates for Chile's highest office headed to the Gay Pride Parade.

Five of Chile's nine presidential candidates put in a personal appearance Saturday at Santiago's event.

Marco Enriquez-Ominami, of Partido Progresista (Progressive Party); independents Franco Paris and Tomas Jocelyn-Holt; Roxana Miranda, of Partido Igualdad (Equality Party), and Alfredo Sfeir, of Partido Ecologista Verde (Green Ecologist Party), expressed in person their support for marriage equality.

Michelle Bachelet, the frontrunner, sent a representative, as did Marcel Claude, the humanist candidate.

Evelyn Matthei, the official candidate, and Ricardo Israel, of Partido Regionalista Independiente (the Independent Rationalist Party), oppose gay marriage.

Organizer El Movimiento de Integracion y Liberacion Homosexual, known as Movilh, said that 60,000 people attended the event.

Polls suggest Bachelet could win Sunday's election without the need for a runoff. To do that, she must capture 50 percent of the vote.

Bachelet, who served a 4-year term as president ending in 2010, returned from abroad in May to seek a second term.

Bachelet has also endorsed extending marriage rights to gay couples.

In 2011, conservative President Sebastian Pinera introduced a civil unions bill in fulfillment of a campaign promise. But the proposal, criticized by activists, failed to gain traction.