D.C. native and Grammy Award-winning artist Mya returned to her roots Saturday morning, appearing as the featured artist at the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

The 33-year-old singer used her performance to promote the NoH8 campaign, a cause, she told Yeas & Nays, that is "near and dear" to her heart.

"From anti-bullying to gender preference as well as sexual preference, I think people have the right to make their own choices in life and be happy with whatever and however and whoever they choose to have it with," she said.

While the NoH8 campaign is traditionally a "photographic silent protest," Mya uses her voice to advocate for legalization of same-sex marriage. At the televised parade, Mya performed the anthem she wrote for NoH8 in 2010, "Love Is the Answer," and she and her backup dancers sported NoH8 T-shirts.

- Contributed by Francesca Chambers