Virginia Street (Reno’s Main Street) was filled with rainbows, merriment and grand celebration that only the Northern Nevada Community Parade could bring to it on Saturday, July 27. This year saw 100 plus units, a record, participate in a parade designed simply to celebrate the community.
There were floats, marching units, businesses and organizations all celebrating the diversity that is the Biggest Little City in the World. Julian Helget and Meredith Tanzer have been coordinating the parade since 2014 when Northern Nevada Pride began.
“We had a few hiccups,” Meredith Tanzer told therenogaypage page, “…it didn’t really matter because people were happy and celebrating. The parade was great.”
The parade was filled with local businesses, organizations, affirming church groups. The University of Nevada, The City of Reno, Tesla, Great Call, Amazon, and Washoe County Library just to name a few.
People were lined up two and three deep along the parade route, which stated at Commercial Row and Virginia Street, just before the Reno Arch to just across the Virginia Street Bridge.
Over in Wingfield Park, the site and birthplace of the annual Northern Nevada Pride festival, people came and went all day despite the 97 degree temperature. The front of the Wingfield Park Amphitheater Stage was packed most the day. There was music, a comedian, dance groups, bands, drag queens and featured guest Todrick Hall, who performed for a half-hour to close the day’s six hours of entertainment. Monique Manzo, is the festivals entertainment director and kept everything running smoothly.
A final attendance figure was not available at the close of the festival but city officials said they felt the attendance was more than in 2018 (which was 12,000).
“People are having such a good time,” Meredith Tanzer told therenogaypage. “There is so much love here! This is amazing!!”
The Northern Nevada Pride Committee is asking for the community’s help by going to their website and taking a simple survey to help in obtaining grants to support the events of Pride. Rio take the survey go to: http://www.northernnevadapride.org/survey.
Northern Nevada Pride and Community Parade is an ALL volunteer organization. It has a core committee that plans and manages the events of Northern Nevada Pride and the Community Parade. Nearly 200 others volunteer their time from a few hours to all day to make the event happen. OUR Center, the local LGBTQ+ Community Center, organizes and hosts the event as its major fundraiser.
Read the full story in the August 6 edition of therenogaypage.
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