WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Pride in the Valley was in full effect Saturday in downtown Warren.
Full Spectrum Community Outreach, a nonprofit in Struthers, held the event at Courthouse Square.
Pride in the Valley has been an annual event since 2019 and was created to unite members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“We’ve been seeing talks of about 3500 people coming in to attendance, so it’s going to be a big day and it’s super exciting,” said event organizer Daniel Tirabassi before the event kicked off.
There were vendors, live performances, food trucks and some carnival attractions. Mask wearing and social distancing was also enforced.
A local artist was selling her paintings and is giving some of the proceeds to the International Union League for Brand Responsibility, which is a global network of garment worker unions with low labor wages.
“When I come to prides, I know for a fact everybody is here just for the same reason – to celebrate and be together,” said McDonald artist Charli Cupan.
It was created to “celebrate the promise of the future while resonating with the message of the past.”
“Gives us a chance to be out here on our own. Us. Without any walls, or hiding or curtains,” said Lake Milton resident Tiziano Smallwood.
“It’s a good turn out to sit there and actually come out and support LGBT and their partners,” said Youngstown resident Bryan Nipper.
The festival started at noon and ended at 8 p.m.