SEATTLE - The Rainbow Pride Flag was raised on top of the Space Needle on Sunday morning, the day of the annual Pride Parade.
The corporation that owns the Needle caused controversy when it announced it wouldn't fly the flag like it did last year.
Amid the criticism, the Needle's owners offered to fly the flag if $50,000 were raised for charity. They THEN announced they would fly the flag even if the donation goal wasn't met.
The flag was raised at 8 a.m. Sunday. Representatives of the four beneficiary organizations: Greater Seattle Business Association; It Gets Better/the Trevor Project; Lambda Legal and Mary's Place attended.
The Seattle Pride Parade, one of the largest events in the Northwest, begins at 11 a.m. This year's theme is "Be You. Be Proud. Express Yourself!"
The parade starts at Fourth Avenue and Union Street; heads north on Fourth to Denny Way; west on Denny to Second Avenue N; north on Second into the Seattle Center.
Expect heavy congestion along the parade route on Fourth Avenue through downtown Seattle and in the area of the Seattle Center.