Friday, June 24, 2005

Gay Pride turnout may be largest ever

Gay Pride turnout may be largest ever: "It may be the last gay pride celebration on Capitol Hill, but it'll be the biggest.

Organizers expect more than 130,000 people to attend this weekend's Seattle Pride 2005, if past trends are any indication.
'Last year I spoke to people from (the Czech Republic), Germany and then, of course, Southern California, New York, the East Coast,' said Dale Kershner, marketing director for the Seattle Pride Committee. 'People literally come from everywhere.'

The annual event -- this year is the 31st Seattle Pride -- launches tonight with a kick-off party at Timberline Spirits, 1828 Yale Ave.
Weekend festivities begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Volunteer Park, where entertainment includes musical performances, Gay Bingo and an outdoor movie showing.

This year's parade (Sunday) will be the event's largest, with about 180 groups -- from Dykes on Bikes to Poodles for Pride -- marching through Capitol Hill.

For more information, including a full listing of the weekend's schedule, visit" (More)


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