Pride Festival gathers huge crowd

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The Downtown Arts District was overflowing with residents from near and far last Saturday, Oct. 13 as thousands flooded the streets for the annual Pride Winston-Salem Festival and Parade.

Pride Festival gathers huge crowd

The Downtown Arts District was overflowing with residents from near and far last Saturday, Oct. 13 as thousands flooded the streets for the annual Pride Winston-Salem Festival and Parade.

The event featured more than two dozen vendors, food, local and national entertainment, and more. Entertainment during the festival included Dragapella Sensation, The Kinsey Sicks, Genuine, and Phase Band.

Following the day’s event, festival goers gathered at the Pride Winston-Salem Official After Party at the Hawthorne Inn, where Mr. and Miss Pride Winston-Salem were crowned.

During the festival, several residents said they were shocked to see how many came out to support the event. Elizabeth James from Greensboro said this is her third year attending the festival and it seems to get better every year.

“This is a much better turnout than years past. It feels good to know that people can come out and just be their selves,” said James. “The growth has been amazing over the years. I’m excited to see how it continues to grow in the future.”

The mission of Pride Winston-Salem is: To celebrate our culture, honor diversity, inspire engagement, promote inclusion, provide community outreach, and educate our friends, allies and supporters on equal rights for all.

For more information visit www.pridews.org.

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