Washington state's largest LGBTQ parade has an official airline partner for the popular event, and didn't have to search far to find it.

Seattle Pride announced Tuesday that Seattle-based Alaska Airlines will be the official airline of this year's event, happening June 30.

The company says marching in the Seattle Pride parade is a tradition organized by GLOBE, its resource group for LGBTQ employees and allies.

This June marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York City. The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village became a rallying point for gay rights in 1969 when police raided the building, sparking resistance from patrons and leading to days of demonstrations.

In a statement Tuesday, Alaska Airlines Vice President of External Relations Diana Birkett Rakow said one thing the company values is people.

"Alaska Airlines is all about people – our customers, our employees, and the communities we serve. As we mark the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, we are honored to show our pride, celebrate progress and recognize where we all have more work to do."

 
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Alaska Airlines says that the company will not only partake in the 45th annual Seattle Pride, but will also continue a tradition of marching in pride parades on the West Coast, including San Diego, Honolulu and Anchorage.

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