- More than 1,500 pickups, motorcycles and cars took part in event in Ocala
- The 'Pride Ride' was a protest at the removal of flag from state buildings
- Gunshots were fired at the parade but no one was injured, say police
- A bid to take flag down from city's government complex has been rejected
- Organizer said it 'doesn't symbolize hate unless you think it's hate'
By Elaine O'flynn For Mailonline
Published: 03:14 EST, 13 July 2015 | Updated: 12:38 EST, 13 July 2015
Thousands of supporters of the Confederate flag have risen up - creating an eight-mile convoy of cars, motorbikes and pick-ups all displaying the controversial symbol.
Horns blared and flags fluttered from the 1,500 vehicles taking part in the Florida Southern Pride Ride on Sunday.
Protesters against the parade fired at least six gunshots towards the convoy but no one was injured, reported wftv.
Around 4,500 people took part in the Florida Southern Pride Ride in Ocala, which was organized in protest of the removal of the Confederacy symbol from public buildings in the southern states
'I ain't coming down': Confederate flags bearing defiant slogans were flown by parade-goers
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