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The local celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, WSP Pride, returns for an expanded event at a new location. The main event is on Saturday, July 9 at the Sports Complex on the corner of Oakdale and Wentworth from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Friday night skate party at Harmon Park has also been added to the festivities.
“This will be our third year hosting WSP Pride and we have more than tripled in size from our first year,” said Amelia Berry, one of the organizers of the event. “We’re beyond excited to continue celebrating with our amazing community, bigger and better every year.”
This year’s event includes live entertainment, face painting, free food (starting at noon while it lasts), a silent auction (ends at 3 p.m.), arts and crafts, yard games, vendors, and more.
The last two WSP Pride events have been hit with rain—which didn’t deter people—but organizers are hoping for better weather this year. The move to the Sports Complex also means more shelters and covered areas in case it does rain.
In addition to the main celebration at the Sports Complex on Saturday, there are other events as well:
- Skate Night: Friday at 6 p.m. at Harmon Park.
- Pound for Pride workout: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Sports Complex.
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WSP Pride started in 2019 with a rainy event at Southview Park. It was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, but returned to Southview Park in 2021, where local resident Connye LaCombe was given the first Community Advocate award. (Our Pride postcard also came from the 2021 event, and we’ll be attending again this year.)
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