Tigard's second Pride Celebration set for June 12
For the second year in a row, Tigard will host a celebration of Pride Month.
The event is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. It begins with car and sign decorating at Twality Middle School.
"Pride Celebration is dedicated to uplifting LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, plus) voices, celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture, raise awareness of issues affecting LGBTQIA+ community and support LGBTQIA+ rights," city officials said in a news release.
Nicole Hendrix, a city senior management analyst who is helping organize the event, said as of last week, at least 20 vehicles had registered for the 11:30 a.m. parade, which will leave from Twality Middle School. The city is capping the number of vehicles that can participate at 75.
The celebration continues at Tigard High School from noon to 2 p.m. Planned events there include a Pride Promenade, which includes a walk around the school's athletic track. Participants can grab a bite to eat from onsite food trucks or visit a variety of booths. A disc jockey will be on hand as well.
As at last year's event, both Tigard Mayor Jason Snider and Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine are expected to participate.
This year's event has been significantly expanded and more participants are expected, according to Hendrix.
Pride celebrations are traditionally celebrated in June commemorating the Stonewall uprising, or riot, which occurred in New York City beginning June 28, 1969. It involved demonstrations by members of the gay community and is generally considered a watershed moment for the gay liberation movement.
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