VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Esther Short Park was awash in rainbow as hundreds of people took part in the 25th annual Celebration of Pride in Vancouver Saturday, a testament to how the community has grown over the years.
Saturday in the Park Pride brought food, entertainment, businesses, local leaders and charity to support LGBTQ youth and families in Clark County. Organizers said it feels like they’re finally hitting their stride as 106 booths were at the event, more than double the number from just one year ago.
The fun times were coupled with a message of acceptance and a call to strengthen the community.
“This is a chance for you to see companies that have services, to get involved politically, to get involved in the community by helping, food for homeless,” said attendee Jason Santos. “Great way to become more involved.”
A portion of the proceeds from the Pride event goes to support local HIV AIDS charities, Pride organizations and scholarship opportunities.