UK rugby star Ben Cohen and openly gay Forth Worth Councilman Joel Burns will help celebrate Dallas Gay Pride.

Thousands of revelers are expected to travel the roughly 1 mile parade route down Cedar Springs Road to Lee Park in downtown Dallas on September 18.

The 28th annual Dallas Gay Pride Parade, called the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, will be led by three grand marshals, the Dallas Voice reported: Alan Pierce and Gary Miller, partners in life and owners of the Round-Up Saloon, and community volunteer Chris Bengston.

The parade will also honor Joel Burns with the title of honorary grand marshal.

Burns is the openly gay Forth Worth councilman whose video of a speech he gave last year at a city council meeting about gay teens bullied to death went viral on the Internet.

Also expected at the parade is gay ally Ben Cohen. Cohen retired from playing rugby in the UK earlier this year to head his anti-homophobia campaign, the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation.

“The time is right now to retire from rugby and follow my new passion,” Cohen said during a recent videotaped interview. “People have the right to be happy and, you know, to be loved and love others.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)