ANGOLA – The second annual Steuben County Pride Festival was lined with small rainbow flags leading to a Pride party taking place at the Selman Timber Frame in Commons Park.
The music blasted as many attendees of all ages danced through the event without judgement.
The outfits reflected the inner individuality and the participants felt welcome as they rode. All the many faces had smiles and support was shown all around.
Before the festival began at 1 p.m., there was a pride parade around the town square, which began at 12:30 p.m. at the Steuben County Courthouse.
Jorge Ruiz and Daniel Moreno, Elemento owners in the public square, led the parade.
“It’s a place where people feel welcome,” Moreno said of the success of the Pride Festival.
Many booths were set up at the Steuben County Pride Festival including the Angola Gay Straight Alliance Club, Trine Gender Sexuality Alliance Network, Dekalb Pride, Fort Wayne Pride and many other booths of support.
The Fort Wayne Pride event will take place June 22-23.
Supporters like Indiana State Rep. Mike Travis’ Democratic nominee had a booth promoting Steuben County Democrats, who are longtime Pride supporters. Travis is a science and social studies teacher at Prairie Heights Middle School.
The Fort Wayne Positive Resource Connection also had a booth. They offer free HIV education, prevention and testing to the public.
The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Angola also set up a booth. Where attendees could speak with members and Reverend Nikki Shaw about their journey. Shaw was also involved in giving the opening remarks for the festival.
“We are a welcoming, pro-pride, open and assertive environment,” Shaw said.
Mayor Richard Hickman declared June 18 Angola Pride Day during the festival held at the Selman Timber Frame Pavilion.