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Spencer Pride Kicks Off Hybrid In-Person And Online Pride Week

Spencer Pride Business Ally

(Seth Tackett, WTIU/WFIU News)

Monday kicks off Spencer Pride’s “Pride Week” celebrations, after the organization’s annual June festival was first postponed and then canceled because of COVID-19.

Usually, the festival draws a crowd of 5,000 people to the town’s courthouse square. 

READ MORE: 2020 Spencer Pride Festival Canceled

This week, Spencer Pride will host a variety of hybrid events where people can participate either online or in-person.

Jonathan Balash is the president of Spencer Pride. He says because the festival was canceled, connecting with the community in other ways is especially important. 

“I hope that a lot of people do engage with us," he says. "I know it’s a hard time right now, but I think we all need a little celebration and this is an opportunity to do that.”

Some of the virtual activities include a dance party and drag queen story time. Other events, like Youth Pride on Tuesday, people can attend either by Zoom or in-person. 

Balash adds it was important to offer both in-person and online opportunities to make Spencer Pride Week accessible to a wide audience.

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