KenaiSoldotna Pride Parade Shines With RainbowColored Love

first_imgThe march kicked off at noon at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex and ended at Soldotna Creek Park with local food vendors and events. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Love turned the color of every shade of the rainbow for the 2019 Kenai/Soldotna Pride Parade on Saturday. This was the second annual Kenai/Soldotna Pride Parade. Last year, nearly 60 people came out for the march hosted by Audre Gifford with the Kenaitze Tribe’s Yinihugheltani — Youth Suicide Awareness Program. This year’s parade was in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when patrons at the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York City, tired of being harassed, fought back against police trying to arrest them. The event sparked the beginning of the modern gay civil rights movement and inspired activism all across the country. A number of drivers honked their horns and cheered support as the marchers walked through the City of Soldotna. Tiffany Hall, executive director of Recover Alaska: “New this year, Recover Alaska stepped up as a sponsor for Soldotna Pride, which offered a sober environment for participants. In Alaska, like the rest of the nation, LGBTQ individuals have higher rates of misuse. Events like Soldotna Pride offer a vision for alcohol-free spaces to celebrate pride sober.” Nearly 200 people showed up to the Soldotna Sports Complex to walk the stretch of sidewalk to Soldotna Creek Park for the second annual Two Spirit Pride March and Celebration.last_img