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There were vendors, live bands, drag performances and a licensed area to enjoy a refreshing beverage or two.
In an attempt to reclaim their spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, members of Niagara and surrounding region's LGBTQ communities took to the stage with over 60 drag queens and kings performing a 5 minute routine. This was a major success, despite a last minute plea for more people to join the crowd on stage.
I attended the event with my neighbour Deanna Gilligan and we hung out at the Lezbian Lounge, a booth operated by Carrie n' Sandi Mcpaddy where you could purchase jewelry and other pride-related goodies.
We each came home with large bags filled with swag, which we collected while checking out the various vendors. Everyone from artists to politicians were represented at the vendors booths.
Pride in the Park was part of Niagara's Pride Week, the most successful one to date. It had kicked off with a dance the week before at the new Meridian Centre, Pride flag-raising's across the region, rainbow lights at Niagara Falls, the 2nd annual Unity Awards featuring a performance by renown Toronto entertainer Miss Conception and a Wrap Up party after the park event.
Here's a new Scribbles Video highlighting Pride in the Park.
To see photos of Niagara Pride's Kick Off Party and Pride flag raising's CLICK HERE.
To see photos and list of winners at the 2nd Annual Unity Awards CLICK HERE.