Pride festivals and parades have been a staple of Cleveland's summer for decades -- dating back to the late s -- bringing flamboyant performers and rainbow flags of all sizes to Northeast Ohio for a celebration that lets people be themselves without fear of judgment. Cleveland Pride , the annual rally, festival and parade, is the older of the two, beginning in This year's edition takes place June 24 at Voinovich Park. Organizers decided to hold another event this year. It will take place Saturday, June 3, with activities throughout the city. The main event is a parade at Public Square.
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The goal of the events is to celebrate diversity of all, promote inclusion and help raise awareness of sexual and gender diversity, while creating a sense of community for LGBTQ people and their families. Since the organization announced the event a week ago on Facebook, it has reached about 80, people, he said, an indication of the excitement it is generating. The two have been involved and operated several Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre productions. It will start at 5 p. June 26, and will have more events than before. Middletown also has a Pride bicycle ride, and this year will have more events on the stage, Kutzera said.
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First there was the rain that came and went in mere minutes, well before the Pride in the CLE march stepped off from West 25 th Street, headed for Public Square. Then there were angels in several guises. Many of them were Cleveland police who shepherded the march on foot, horseback, bicycles and motorcycles. They led, followed and shadowed the event as it headed across the Detroit-Superior Bridge, lengthening a recent string of similar peaceable successes that included the RNC last month and the Puerto Rican parade and festival downtown last weekend. They have been genuine blessings at several Cleveland Pride parades that were replaced this year by the Pride in the CLE march.
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