Pride Fest Celebrates 25 Years

A milestone for the local pride community.

It's been 25 years since the annual Windsor-Essex Pride Fest began.

Festival President David Lenz says they've got tons of activities for all ages planned for the five day long celebration.

Lenz says many years have past since the first festival, but the message remains the same.

"United, working together to improve members of our own community within our own community that are having trouble. We need to unite together to help them. And then, as a community, working together to improve, not only the LGBT community, but just improving the quality of life for our own residents of Windsor-Essex."

Lenz says it's unfortunate, but a stigma still exists.

"There's still some aspects in the community where there's discrimination. I can tell you, as an example, when we were distributing our posters around the city we had a business that didn't want to put up the posters because they're "homosexual". So it's still there and that's something about education that we have to still work on."

Lenz says the highlight for most people is the Pride Parade on Sunday.

"We have 47 floats this year and we actually have the Kingsville Marching Band that's also going to be in the parade. So we're expecting it to be quite large. So we're very excited about that. We then proceed down to the plaza and we hope everyone from the parade comes down and joins with us in the celebration."

The official flag raising, marking the beginning of Pride Fest, takes place Wednesday morning at City Hall Square at 10:30am.

Pride Fest runs from August 9 to 13.

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