The event, which celebrates the valley’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, was hosted by The OUTreach Center .
“This day has been phenomenal,” said OUTreach Center President Sanie Andres. “It’s an opportunity for us to get together to celebrate our diversity and to be visible in our community and let people know that we’re a part of it.”
Festivities kicked off around 10 a.m. with music, food, and arts and crafts vendors.
Several rainbow-colored flags could be seen, throughout the fairgrounds, in recognition of the Pride Festival’s theme, “Raising the Colors.” The theme came from a contest won by former Senior Airman Charles McCrory.
“For him it was like a merging of the end of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, raising the rainbow colors and having some pride and visibility in our community,” said OUTreach Board Member Sue Dell.
“Usually we average about 25 to 25 vendors but this year we had nearly 80,” he said. “In terms of attendance, we usually average from 500 to 800 people, but this year we’ve crossed well over 2,000 people.”
“We’ve had so much support from our non-LGBT allies,” said Dell. “The parents, the siblings, the friends, it’s just been positive all day. It’s been a great family day.”
Rene Padilla attended the festival with his wife, Rosa, and their one-year-old son Isca.
“We just decided to come out for the fun of it, for something different,” said Padilla. “This is a really good atmosphere.”
“We’re here to support my sister-in-law,” said Daniel, who attended the event with his girlfriend and several friends.
Several community service organizations were also represented at the Pride Festival, including The NAACP, Antelope Valley Chapter.
“Whether you’re gay or straight, it really doesn’t matter at this event,” said AV-NAACP President Juan Blanco. “This is an event for family and for celebrating the freedom of being yourself.”
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