Carytown Pride starts Virginia Pride off a week early this Sunday
A lot of folks would already call Carytown one of the most LGBTQ friendly spaces in town and Camille Bird, President of the Carytown Merchant’s Association (CMA) is pretty proud of that.
“Carytown itself is so embracing of so many things, so we’re very LGBTQ friendly,” she said in an interview about the local shopping districts upcoming Pride event happening this Sunday, 9/6. The day-long party aims to highlight some of the best that Carytown has to offer, but give special focus to Richmond’s LGBTQ community.
It wasn’t hard to get the event off the ground, Bird said – once she put the call out businesses jumped at the chance to get involved
“Many of the merchants were seeking me out to sponsor the event,” she said. “There’s some really awesome stuff happening with the merchants. There are enough events for them to pick the ones they want and I certainly didn’t have to beg anybody to participate.”
Bird, who runs Sacred Waters Spa in Carytown, has been at the helm of the CMA since January of this year, but has been involved with the group for over 2.5 years. They’re responsible for events like the Watermelon Festival, as well as working together to get local changes from the city.
“It helps to be able to work together on larger projects, or making changes like getting recycling in Carytown,” said Bird about the group who just gained its 100th member. “Its hard to do that as an individual, but it’s easier together.”
As for the specifics around Carytown Pride, the event started when Bird spoke to some folks at Virginia Pride about how they could work together. Sure enough, it seemed easier to throw a day long event with a nod toward the larger gathering the following week.
No matter the reasoning, Bird was excited to see Carytown get involved with Pride in any capacity.
She said one of the core responsibilities of the CMA are to interact with the community and to her this event just make sense.
“When Carytown does an event, it does it for the community as a whole and it’s really important for folks to know we work from the merchants but also the surrounding community,” she said. “It’s health and wellness are important cause when the community is happy it makes everyone else here happy.”
Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Beauty Lounge presents Carytown Pride 2015!
(1o am – 2:oo pm)
…until our thrown’ arms get tired…
Special thanks to…
Babe’s of Carytown
Bombshell Beauty Lounge
Elements of Carytown & Elementsbeautyshop.com
Garden Grove Brewing Company
Merrymaker Fine Paper
Sacred Waters Holistic Spa & Boutique
T-Shirt Studio RVA
Enjoy the holiday season however you can this week, and in the weeks ahead, and support small businesses AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.November 23, 2015
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