Pride in the Park draws crowd

The Inter-Mountain photos by Brad Johnson Enjoying the Pride in the Park event at Elkins City Park Saturday are, from left, front row, Ay Jae Augustine, Mandy Augustine, Liz Medina, Shelly Link and Chandra Waybright; and back row, Abby Cain, Haley Gordon, Auston Brenwalt, Mariah Hamrick and Ashley Taylor.

ELKINS — More than 100 people attended the second annual Pride in the Park event in Elkins City Park Saturday.

The free event, hosted by Women’s Aid in Crisis, featured games, face painting, food, music, giveaways and other activities.

“This turnout is bigger than last year’s,” said Tekoa Jones, Women’s Aid in Crisis prevention educator, on Saturday. “We had 85 people last year, which we thought was a good turnout, but it’s a much bigger crowd this year.”

The Elkins celebration was one of 11 pride events offered in West Virginia this year.

Saturday’s event was described as “a show of unity with the LGBT community and a celebration on love,” according to J. Palmer, director of Women’s Aid in Crisis.

“It’s been a great day, with no protesters or anything like that,” Palmer said on Saturday. “It’s been a very positive mood out here today.”

The family friendly event honored National Pride Month, which is celebrated throughout June.

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