PRIDE Parade lights up downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas Pride

Las Vegas is not known for being quiet nor subtle.

In the lead up to the weekend, downtown Vegas became even more colorful.

Friday (19 October) saw hundreds flood into the streets to join in on the Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade.

The Parade ushered in the Las Vegas PRIDE Festival the city’s Sunset Park taking place over Saturday and Sunday.

The Festival is hosting will be hosting a variety of LGBTI-themed events.

There are over 100 exhibitors at the event, with a variety of food and drink stalls on standby with refreshments.

Friday also saw Bianca Del Rio, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race sixth season, taking to the stage at the in the Zumanity Theater.

‘All We Need Is Love’

The Vegas’ PRIDE Festival is now in its 35th year.

The theme of this year’s event is All We Need Is Love. 

In the lead-up to the festival, the organizers released a video called then and now.

The tearjerker shows the anniversary of a lesbian couple returning to Las Vegas, where they first met, to celebrate their anniversary.

Speaking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, attendees on Friday’s Parade spoke of how much the event meant to them.

Trish Karr, 49, grew up in a small town in Oregon and said she’s happy to finally be able to express herself.

‘It’s just really nice to be out of the closet. I’m bisexual. I have been since I was a young girl,’ said Trish Karr, who spoke of her difficulatues growing up in a small town in Oregon.

‘Where I came from, that’s not accepted. So I always went the way everybody told me to go. My mother never figured out why my girlfriend came over every weekend to see me. It was a two-hour drive,’ Karr said.

‘I think it’s amazing that we get to a point in time where people can be out about who they love, and that people can just accept that love is love, regardless of who that is,’ said atendee, Kristina Spurlock. ‘I think this is a great way to celebrate that.’

Jessey Heller and her wife Tori Owens were partially on the march to celebrate their first wedding anniversary: ‘We’re celebrating just the freedom to be able to be out about it. Anyone is welcome here. No haters,’ Heller said.

Las Vegas PRIDE Festival will run until 8:00PM on Sunday (21 October).

Source: Gay News