The festival celebrates the pride of Lansing

LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Old Town to celebrate love, inclusion and diversity on Saturday.

June is National Pride Month, but during this festival, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor announced August 13 as a special Pride Day as well.

“Today I declare Pride Day in Lansing,” Schor said.

The event started at 1 p.m. and it started to rain soon after, but attendees were unfazed.

“They are kind of embracing it. You see, a lot of people don’t seem to care. No umbrella needed. Nothing was going to rain on this parade,” said Lansing’s 1 member Brian piece.

For Delicious of Lansing, this festival started as an idea.

“I told them my vision and they made it happen. Our team is great and I’m so excited for today,” said Delicious.

She’s been dragging for over 20 years, and after going through many ups and downs, Delicious said she’s learned how to live.

“I got to the point in my life where I don’t care what people say, I’ll do it and do it the way I want to do it,” Delicious said.

For many people at the festival, they say they were happy to be with such an inclusive community at the event.

“Unity is like a big thing and just seeing everyone in such a unified situation. It’s beautiful. And I’m so happy and honored to be a part of it,” said Splendah, a Lansing DJ. Pride.

“You don’t have to hide who you are, you can just celebrate yourself. And so when people can be free to be who they are, then they can live proud and be happy,” said contestant Brooke Locke. of Ingham County Commissioner’s District 15.

Although the festival ended at 10 p.m., Lansing’s pride continues.

“We celebrate Lansing Pride every day, but today we’re throwing a party and really showing who we are. We’re, you know, welcoming. We’re inclusive. We’re allies. We’re the LGBT+ community. said Schor.

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