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Columbus To Host Second Annual Pride Festival Saturday

People at Columbus' first pride festival

Last year, people attended the first Columbus Pride Festival despite rainy weather at its location on 4th Street. (Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News)

Organizers say they expect an even larger crowd at the second annual Columbus Pride festival Saturday.

The event in Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown attracted around 2,500 people last year. A high school senior organized the inaugural festival to send the message that Columbus is a welcoming community.

Sarah Franklin, the media and public relations coordinator for Columbus Pride, says they’ve moved the event to 5th street and the Bartholomew County Public Library because of the expected turnout.

“We’ve doubled the amount of vendors that are going to be there. Last year we had about thirty, and this year we’re pretty close to sixty,” she says.

Franklin says it is important for Columbus to have a pride festival to show the city’s diversity.

“No matter your politics, we’re a warm, welcoming, and diverse community,” Franklin says. 

Entertainment at the festival consists of guest speakers, musical acts and a drag show. The festival will last from noon to 4 p.m.

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