UK rugby star Ben Cohen and Ft. Worth Councilman Joel Burns greeted more than 35,000 revelers at Dallas' annual Gay Pride Parade on Sunday.

About 60 floats traveled the roughly 1 mile parade route down Cedar Springs Road to Lee Park in downtown Dallas, NBC reported.

The 28th annual Dallas Gay Pride Parade, called the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, was led by Burns, this year's honorary grand marshal. Burns is the openly gay Fort 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.

“All of you sharing your stories is what we're celebrating here,” Burns told festival attendees. “Thank you for sharing your stories of being who you are, of being out and of being inclusive.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Cohen was also honored by parade organizers. The husband and father of two retired from playing rugby in the UK earlier this year to head his anti-homophobia campaign, the Ben Cohen StandUp 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.”