Since the late 1960s, LGBT communities across the country have been actively and visibly fighting for respect and equality. The first-ever pride parade was organized in New York City in 1970, where participants marched to raise awareness, protest violence and promote acceptance, love and equal rights. Since then, cities across the country have organized their own parades and festivals promoting the same values. Winston-Salem’s first LGBT pride festival was organized in 2010 with the formation of Equality Winston-Salem, an organization dedicated to “encouraging, empowering and promoting a positive image of the LGBT community”.
The Winston-Salem PRIDE festival and the parade has evolved over the past 4 years to include a 5K race, vendors, food trucks, live performances, parties and family-friendly attractions such as face-painting and bounce houses. This year’s festival is expected to see thousands of attendees ready to celebrate love and acceptance. Its theme is “No Place Like Home” because there is nowhere we’d rather be celebrating than our home, North Carolina. Creating a comfortable and fun environment for people of all ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds is the top priority for PRIDE organizers.
Tar Heel Basement Systems is excited to be a vendor at the PRIDE festival this Saturday. We are eager to reach out to any and all homeowners in the Winston-Salem and surrounding areas! Come to see us at the Winston-Salem PRIDE festival this Saturday the 18th from 10 am to 5:30 pm downtown on Trade St. in the Art District.