Celebrating the Spirit of Pride

Thousands of people wearing rainbow colors and outrageous costumes turned out on Central Avenue Sunday, June 26 for the street festival book-ending the city’s emotional Pride Weekend 2016. The street fair followed the Pride Parade Saturday night that paid homage to 49 people killed and 53 injured by a lone shooter in Orlando two weeks ago. On Sunday there were references everywhere to the tragedy, but the mood was festive as members of the LGBT community let their freak flags fly at a party uniquely their own. Music poured from clubs and store fronts, friends hugged and laughed, shoppers perused Pride-related wares, and the occasional visitor just danced alone in the street. Dozens of police officers, in uniforms and plain clothes, were stationed throughout the festival area, and the events were without incident.

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