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Las Vegas Celebrates Pride

by Alexandria Margo, Reporter

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2016-pride-stdOn Friday, Oct. 21, citizens came together at Downtown Las Vegas to kick off the celebration for LGBT pride. The festival started with a pre-show at 7 P.M. and then the Pride Parade began at 8 P.M. This year’s festival hosts included Christopher “Edie” Kenney, Jennifer Warner, Adrienne Alexander and Randy Slovacek, editor of The Randy Report.

During this time, celebrators could enjoy water and alcohol served from local LGBT bars and indulge in a diverse food court. As well as enjoying the parade, Pride celebrators could take part in competitions during the parade. These competitions rewarded participants trophies for categories such as best walking units, vehicle units and floats. Judging took place at the grandstand.

After the parade, an after party took place at the Gold Spike as well as an after-parade concert performance by Charli XCX at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center. One dollar for every ticket sold during the concert was donated to the local nonprofit organization, Aids for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN), according to ktnv.com. Revolt Nightclub is also celebrating Pride weekend with performances by Athena Williams and Paris Chanel.

With all the activities, it can sometimes be forgotten the reason we celebrate Pride: to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall Riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

This is just the beginning of Pride celebration in Las Vegas, a city full of a diverse people. Pride weekend lasted three days, from Friday until Sunday, and will return again next year.

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