Thousands of Chileans celebrated civil unions at the tenth annual Santiago Pride.

Organizers of Saturday's event told the AFP that an estimated 60,000 revelers showed up to celebrate passage of a law that recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions in Chile.

The law took effect on October 22.

Daniela Andrade, spokeswoman for Movilh-Joven, told local media that the group had high hopes for a large turnout because “our people want to celebrate” the new law. She also said that true equality will not be realized until gay couples are allowed to marry and a proposed bill is approved protecting transgender people from discrimination.

The celebration took place in front of the Palacio de La Moneda, or simply La Moneda, which houses the president and the offices of three cabinet ministers.

More than 40 DJs and 100 artists kept the party going from four stages, the AFP reported.