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Hundreds come to Kiesel Park for Auburn Pride Festival Saturday
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Hundreds come to Kiesel Park for Auburn Pride Festival Saturday

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Auburn Pride Festival, hosted by Pride on the Plains, Auburn and Opelika’s LGBTQIA+ Pride organization, drew hundreds to Kiesel Park to the free event held on Saturday.

The third Auburn Pride Festival saw vendors, entertainment and exhibitions from noon to 6 p.m., and despite overcast skies later in the afternoon, festival-goers remained positive by dancing and cheering throughout the event.

LGBTQ community members and activists from around the world share their thoughts on Pride 2020 and the importance of staying connected and visible from home.

The organization cancelled the 2020 festival due to COVID-19, and the group’s president, Seth McCollough, shared with the crowd his excitement for the event’s third year.

Set up in a similar fashion to a farmer’s market, Pride on the Plains took up space in the City of Auburn park with vendors set up side-by-side under white tents selling candles, jewelry, buttons, t-shirts and other items showcasing visibility and acceptance of all people.

People set up lawn chairs and spread out picnic blankets and lawn chair near the stage, where performances ranged from local organizations to drag entertainers including Jiggly Caliente from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The event also drew all ages: people young and old sat, played or talked to one another at every turn, and many brought pets decked out with colorful collars and costumes.

Tiger Rags, Red Clay Brewing Co., Kling Family, Elite Millwright & Fabrication, Crown of Comedy, GE Aviation, Prestige Properties, Queer+ Company, Auburn Opelika Tourism, Steel City CBD, Auburn Candle Company, Mama Mochas, Behind the Glass Boutique and The Hotel at Auburn University were sponsors of the event.

Drive-by Tacos, Bill & Robbie’s Excellent BBQ and Good Karma, Smoothie King, Kona Ice and Coffee Mafia all provided food.

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