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Tulsa Pride celebrates 39th year of parades and activities

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Jun 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-28 07:49:42-04

TULSA, Okla — The Tulsa Pride Parade is back after it was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Tulsa Saturday afternoon, some members of the LGBTQ Community others allies there to show their support.

The one thing they have in common, they all came out to have a good time.

Samantha Almy is an attendee, she says, “I am supporting my best friend’s family, I really wanted to come out and show support for them, they love each other and that’s what today is all about.”

The three-day festivities kicked off on Friday with a Rainbow Fun Run, continuing the festivities on Saturday with events that kicked off at noon.

With the multiple activities for Tulsa Pride, downtown Tulsa has become a very colorful place filled with rainbow flags.

Daria Driver says, “I love that everybody is so nice and so inclusive, everybody is out here in a great mood with their animals and with their and with their kids and everybody is having a great time.”

The parade for the 2021 Tulsa Pride started at 6:00 p.m., then later on the festivities continued with multiple musical artists performing.

For many this weekend's festivities meant more than a celebration of their identity, Tulsa Pride reminded them of their acceptance within the Tulsa community.

The parade starts at 13th and Boston, from there it goes north on Boston Avenue until they loop back to end with a celebration at the Dennis R. Neil Equality Center.

Sparkman tells 2 News, “to me is really about the history of pride, a lot of people may hear that term and wonder one way or the other, you know…why is this something to celebrate but it’s really about countering the negativity and hate that some people have seen over the past several decades going all the way back to the riots that happened in the 60s and 70s."

The celebrations will go on through the night with the festivities wrapping up around 10:00 p.m.

Pride celebrations will continue on Sunday with a Family Pride Picnic at Guthrie Green from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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