Johan Diaz helps distribute Pride flags at Hollis Hendrick Park. Photo by Kinsey Brown for The Cordova Times

Over 100 Cordovans braved the rain on Saturday to celebrate community and inclusivity at the second ever Cordova Pride event. The event was held at the grassy field in Hollis Hendricks Park where attendees learned about local LGBTQ+ resources and enjoyed free food, lawn games, and various vendors.

This is the second year the gathering has been organized during Pride Month in June. Sarah Phillips, Melanie Flores and Erin Brennan were the main organizers of the event which was made possible through volunteer effort and community donations. Vendors and a raffle ticket station were set up beneath a lawn tent for attendees to browse while listening to music and playing with colorful lawn games on the grassy field.

The long line was not a deterrent for those waiting at the popular face painting station to receive designs of rainbows and hearts.

After enjoying the festivities, the crowd gathered to march in a parade along Main Street. 

Brennan, one of the event organizers, said the goal of the event was to allow LGBTQ+ youth and adults to have visibility in safe spaces.

“Pride is important for all communities, but especially pertinent in smaller towns where education regarding LGBTQ+ knowledge may be less,” Brennan said.

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She added that Pride is not just for one day or month: “We want to continue to provide the necessary resources, not just at Pride but throughout the year, to reduce misunderstanding or stereotypes.”

Desiree Britt and Vivianne Britt-Andre show off their fresh face paint. Photo by Kinsey Brown

Over a dozen local businesses and individuals helped sponsor the event through funding and donated items. AC, the Little Cordova Bakery and Ocean Beauty Seafoods provided free food for attendees that included burgers, pulled pork sliders, colorful baked goods, and locally caught salmon.

The Cordova Volunteer Fire Department lent their time and propane grill to serve up free plates of the donated goodies.

“I’m grateful for the enthusiasm of all of the volunteers who reached out and showed up,” said Sarah Phillips who was the lead on organizing last year’s event. Phillips said she hopes to see even more participation in coming years.

“This event has an open invitation to the community to get involved and help it grow,” she said.

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