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posted Friday, July 3, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 27

2009 PrideFest
by Shaun Knittel- SGN Staff Writer

2009 Seattle PrideFest at Seattle Center was the largest yet. According to Festival Director Egan Orion, over 50,000 showed up for the party Sunday afternoon, making it the largest single LGBT gathering in the Northwest.

"I didn't think we'd top the success of 2008's Pride, especially during a recession year," said Orion. "But this year's Pride-Fest had more attendees, more vendors, and more sponsors than ever before."

Seattle PrideFest is the official Seattle Pride Festival held annually at the Seattle Center over Pride weekend. This year, as in years past, the festival took place between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., during and immediately following the downtown Pride Parade. As in years past, the Seattle Center was bursting with Pride as people converged on the Center grounds to dance, cool off in the fountain, drink at the beer gardens, eat food, and engage in fundraising and non-profit activism.

This year, the Seattle PrideFest celebrated "Heroes in Our Community." The four heroes nominated by members of the local LGBT community were longtime organizer, educator and activist Aidan Key, Join the Impact's Amy Balliett, same-sex marriage equality activist Charlene Strong, and young LGBT equality activist Kyler Powell.

Special attention was also given to the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which are credited for sparking the national Gay movement in 1969.

On the main stage at Seattle Center a plethora of activity was presented from 1-6 p.m.

"Abigail, Shoshana Bean, Qboy, THEE Satisfaction, and Sylvia O'Stayformore were all so, so entertaining," Orion said.

A sea of bodies danced on the hillside and in and around the fountain as DJs Kyler, La Kendall, Rob Hall, and Mathematix continuously kept music going throughout the event.

PrideFest supported three non-profits this year: Equal Rights Washington, GSBA Scholarship Fund, and Washington Families Standing Together.

With the success of 2009 PrideFest just one week behind them, Orion and the event organizers are already looking to the future.

"We'll see you again next year, same time, same place, with an even bigger festival on June 27, 2010," promised Orion. "Mark your calendars. Thanks again, Seattle!"



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