With rainbow pride flags tied to light posts and booths set up all over Pack Square Park, the Blue Ridge Pride festival returned for its third year to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Hundreds showed up for the event that lasted from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Volunteers walked around asking people to sign a form saying they would oppose a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriages. Others enjoyed the live music by dancing with their partners. The event featured four different bands, a gay men’s choral ensemble, and a drag show. One man in attendance said, “This day is the one day that I feel the most free out of the other 364 days of the year.”
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3 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Blue Ridge Pride celebrates love, draws large crowd”
the AC-T claimed ‘thousands’ in attendance but photos don’t seem to justify such numbers.
also, I notice a distinct lack of diversity in the all white crowd photos. where were the people of color?
Congratulations to the organizers and volunteers. This year’s Pride was the best yet. Throw in a fledgling film festival and the after parties and it’s been a wonderfully queer weekend in our cesspool of sin. Excellent job everyone.