NOVA Pride gears up for its second annual Pride Festival this weekend
We’re still not over all the excitement and support shown from the community from Virginia Pridefest on Brown’s Island earlier this month and now its time for NOVA Pride to celebrate its LGBTQ community!
The second annual Northern Virginia Pride Festival will take place this Saturday in Centreville to honor the history and diversity of the Nothern Virginia LGBT community and the strides they’ve made.
“Its a celebration of how far we’ve come, the day after our festival last year was the day marriage equality came to Virginia so we all woke up to that, it was great,” sai Brian Reach, President and Executive Director of NOVA Pride. Reach is also Co-President of Virginia Pride.
The festival will feature over 80 business and community vendors, over 10 food vendors, a killer lineup of diverse entertainment, craft beer and wine including the Saison of Love beer, a collaboration with VA Pride and Wild Wolf Brewing, which was sold at Virginia Pridefest.
Reach said last year’s festival drew 2,500 people and was such a success that this year, they are expecting 5,000 to attend.
“It’s a really great locaton I feel like everyone came with a really positive attitude and everyone was thrilled with how it went,” he said. “It was an exciting first for the Northern Virginia area.” This year we reached out to many. many organizations and we printed this year’s date in our guide last year so we ad a solid year to promote and get the word out there.”
The musical lineup for this year includes Tristan Schack, Wicked Jezabel, Goodnite Neverland, Lady Taij, The Grey A, REVE, Manuex, Billy Winn and Glitterlust.
“We reached out to local bands that are really popular we definitely wantd to hav a littlesomethng for everyone,” said Reach. “It ranges from rock to pop to things in other languages. We’re happy with the lineup for sure, im excited to see these acts and a few of them are returning acts.”
Reach said they will have a DJ close the festival out and after the entertainment ith a late night dance party and then an after party at the Westfield Marriot Hotel will follow.
Reach said the event is very family friendy. There wil be a new family and youth area, a dog park which they had last year, and Reach said they’re evening flying a helicopter in for kids to climb in and explore.
“We’re going to have a lot of games to play, jumbo jenga, bowling, and volleyball, cornhole and so on,” he said. “We have a bunch of toys and butterfly wings for the kids and beach balls to bounce around.”
There will also be a photo booth, karaoke, prizes and games.
Reach added Victoria Kidd, a board member of the ACLU, and an activist that helped to bring marriage equality to Virginia will be attending the festival. Ryan McElveen, a Fairfax County School Board member board that pushed to have gender identity added to their non-discrimination policy for staff and students who identify as transgender will also be in attendance.
Free shuttles will be operating all day long from the metro to get people to and from the festival according to Reach.
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