Charlottesville's Pride Festival attracted a record crowd over the weekend as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether it will review a case challenging Virginia's ban on gay marriage.

The high court announced this week that petitions stemming from cases challenging bans in five states will be considered at a September 29 closed-door conference.

In July, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond struck down Virginia's ban. Appeals courts have also invalidated bans in Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Saturday's event, now in its third year, attracted hundreds of marriage equality supporters.

“It is a really hard road,” Amy Sarah Marshall from Pride Community Network told NBC affiliate WVIR TV.

“That choice should be available to any two people who love each other,” said Pride Festival Sponsor Sheri Edgecomb.

“A lot of people are hanging in this hopeful, waiting and feeling discouraged type of place,” Marshall said. “But the thing about the festival is it's definitely a place where you're going to find support. You're going to find community.”