Pride On 39th Street festival celebrates at NW OKC
The annual Pride on 39th Street festival concludes what organizers are calling a successful weekend.
Many describe this weekend’s Pride on 39th Street festival as a place to let go and not be judged by others.
The Pride on 39th Street festival featured local vendors, shows and several other festivities. Bob Gilley just moved to Oklahoma from Florida.
“Moving in here I was a little worried about its conservative character, but it kind of shows it’s not as conservative as the rest of the country thinks it is,” Gilley said.
Gilley said 39th Street is a safe space for them. Kimberly and Haley Lacroix agree. For them, it was a refreshing weekend to be surrounded by people who understand them.
“Somewhere we can be ourselves, hold hands and not have the stares,” said Kimberly Lacroix.
“It took me 24 years to do it, so to finally get there, this is my first year to be proud of myself,” said Haley Lacroix.
The Lacroixes said to themselves and many others that pride means freedom, people marched in a parade calling for change in the hopes of creating more spaces filled with love, not hate.
“Everyone is so unified here. I haven’t seen any fights, I just saw the unification, so that’s kind of what it is. Everyone has to support each other, ”said Deana Criner-San Juan.
The Langston University Marching Band was also one of more than 40 floats in the PRIDE parade.
“Langston being an HBCU, Urban Pride events are culture driven. It is very important to connect our heterosexual community and our LGBTQ community to go to college and instill and inspire young people, ”said Brandi Davis, Urban Pride Events.
The organizers want their message to spread beyond this weekend. Their message is to continue the struggle for equality and love.