Lexington extends Pride celebration to second day for first time ever

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- For the first time in its history, Lexington’s Pride Festival is adding a second day of festivities.

The festival started Friday with a drag show on the corner of East Main Street and North Limestone.

The festival isn’t just making history this year. It’s also recognizing it. Organizers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the New York City protests that Pride celebrations originated from.

This year also marks two decades since the passing of Lexington’s Fairness ordinance, which prevents discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in work, housing, and public accommodation.

People attending the festival are celebrating that history and themselves.

“Sometimes, when people come out, it’s not the greatest but that’s when you go online, you find communities. If your family doesn’t accept you, come find me. You have my name. I’m your new brother,” festival-goer Marik Leonheart said.

“It’s just really really awesome because I’m gay and when we first got gay marriage it was something special and to see everyone out here it’s just amazing,” Juliette Crowell said.

Pride celebrations start again Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m.

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