CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Pride Month celebrations continued today in Downtown Corning on Market Street, hosted by Southern Finger Lakes Pride.

"We are at the Southern Finger Lakes Pride Festival in Corning, New York," says Hannah Jones, Executive Director of Southern Finger Lakes Pride. "June is all about pride. It's about celebration, protest, and celebration. authentic selves. "

The Pride movement that started Pride began in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall riots were protests against police brutality and for the right to express one's authentic self.

Corning 's Pride celebration drew in roughly 4,000 people, all dressed to the nines. Whether Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Bisexual or Questioning, the entire community came together to support the LGBTQ+ movement for equality.

"Being here is probably part of my favorite thing about Corning, about the area, about this time of year," says attendee Casey Scheib. "It's seeing like minded people. There's so much diversity in the queer community, in the gay community, just in the LGBTQIA plus community in general. Whether you're an ally, whether you're gay yourself or queer, however you identify, just knowing that there are people out there who are, and are people in the community who are there to support you is phenomenal."

Southern Finger Lakes Pride is active in the community and shared how locals can get involved.

"We have two youth groups. We have a summer camp this summer. We have a lot of programming and all of it is funded mostly by definitely grants in the festival. Um, so how to get involved and how to push that forward is to get involved and listen to the marginalized people doing the work and help either with your time, with your money, etc. But really just let them tell you what they need," says Jones.

Scheib arrived in an eye catching dress with the colors representing the LGBTQ+ community, made by one of her friends. Her message about Corning Pride and Pride Month was heartfelt.

"There's always somebody who's fighting a battle that you don't know about. So I always caution people to really look at the messages that they're sharing and look at the words they're using and everything like that. You know, a little word that you use either in jest or in passing one time can do a lot of damage to a lot of people," shared Scheib.

Pride Month continues through June with celebrations planned in Ithaca, Wellsboro, and other local towns.