Thousands flock to 10th annual NWA Pride celebration

Posted: June 19, 2016 at 1:06 a.m.

Gary McClaskey (from left), Anna Rainey and Derry Jacob lead the Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade up Dickson Street on Saturday in Fayetteville.

Held in the wake of the country's deadliest mass shooting, the 10th annual Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade had an air of defiance as parade officials and participants wanted to display courage and acceptance.

Participants in the Northwest Arkansas Pride parade make their way up Dickson Street on Saturday in Fayetteville. The 10th annual NWA Pride Festival a...

Participants in the Northwest Arkansas Pride parade make their way up Dickson Street on Saturday in Fayetteville. The 10th annual NWA Pride Festival a...

Roxie Howard of Holiday Island waves to spectators Saturday during the Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade in Fayetteville.

Celebrating history

Susan Hartman, operations and programs manager with the NWA Center for Equality recognized Joney Harper, Ken Boyle and Norman Hadley for their efforts in promoting pride events in Northwest Arkansas. Boyle founded NWA Pride in 2007. Hartman, who recently returned to Arkansas, said she was thrilled to be part of this year’s celebration.

“I’m an old dog. I remember our pride events of the ’80s and early ’90s. I’m just so pleased to see that this is still going on.”

Source: Staff report

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