This year the Columbus Pride Festival celebrated it’s 30th year and took on the theme “Trailblazers,” honoring those who came and fought the fight for equality before us. The grand marshals at the parade were 70 lgbt seniors over 70. The 2-day festival at Goodale Park this year was also headlined by Chely Wright, a country music star and budding gay rights activist who came out in a very public way last year.
For me, this was definitely my best experience at Pride yet. I marched in the parade with the Kaleidoscope Youth Center right behind the Trailblazers float that led the parade (the order was a where-we’ve-been-where-were-going kind of thing). I also helped out at the KYC and the AIDS Resource of Ohio (formerly the Columbus AIDS Task Force) booths and of course partook of the following festivities in the Short North. It was definitely a weekend to remember.
In case you missed it, here are some photos and video from the parade, festival and the 5k Jaeger Run for Pride.
Photos from various accounts on Flickr.com.
Head to the comments and leave a thought on your 2011 Columbus Pride experience!