Albuquerque residents and visitors lined the streets of the South Valley to mark the beginning of the city’s annual South Valley Pride Day.

Parades enveloped Goff and Isleta as people on floats tossed candy to kids and showcased the best that New Mexico has to offer.

Burqueños cheered as high school students from Atrisco Heritage Academy and Rio Grande passed by. Political incumbents and candidates greeted attendees and joined the festivities at the West Side Community Center.

White tents spanned the community center grounds where local artisans and vendors greeted attendees with comfort food, folk art and face painting.

Bernalillo County Commissioners presented awards and honored citizens that gave back to their community and embraced the spirit of the South Valley community.

Anthony Jackson is a freelance reporter and photographer with the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at or on Twitter @TonyAnjackson.