Cambier Park was bursting with color, a stark contrast against the beige earth-tone buildings that define downtown Naples. Colorful rainbow flags flew proudly, balloons hung from the stage, and there was oh so much glitter.
Thousands of people, young and old, convened at Cambier Park in downtown Naples for the second annual Naples Pride, an event celebrating the LGBTQ community. The theme this year was, “We Are Equal!” According to Pride organizers, the theme was meant to encourage the people of Southwest Florida to recognize the importance of equal rights regardless of a person’s “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, immigration status or religion.”
Traditionally, Pride events across the world celebrate diversity and unity, promoting the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming individuals. Naples Pride was no different. All were welcome to join in on the festivities, which included a lot of dancing and fun.
The family-friendly event, which ran from 11 AM to 5 PM, was packed with special speakers, including Naples Mayor Bill Barnett and congressional hopeful David Holden, musical sets by local artists, and, of course, high-energy performances by drag queens.
The $5 suggested entrance fee will go towards the Naples Pride LGBTQ Task Force Emergency Fund, which provides crisis support for the local LGBTQ community.
For more information on Naples Pride visit: www.Facebook.com/PrideNaples.