Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Hundreds of people took a stroll in Duluth's Canal Park Sunday afternoon to show their pride for friends and family members with Down Syndrome.
About 1,200 people turned out for the 11th annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Buddy Walk.
The event was held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Pioneer Hall.
The walk is an important source of financial support for the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota.
Organizors of the Duluth buddy Walk hoped to raise about $40,000.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to Northland organizations to help fund educational seminars and materials, as well as social events throughout the year.
"People are having fun walking, balloons, high-fiving," Mike Dosan, a walker said. "We have people from St. Scholastica, the Moose Lake football team, a lot of different community people coming together to support the kids with Down Syndrome."
After the walk, many stuck around to mingle with others and dance.