WHEELING WVa (WTRF) On the waterfront, the Ohio Valley hosts its fourth annual Pride Festival here in Wheeling.
Vendors of food, music, performances and more, this year’s festival is particularly extravagant as last year’s festivities were canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Ryan Stover, Pride Festival volunteer, says this annual event brings a sense of acceptance, comfort and resource to many different people.
Here in Wheeling West Virginia, we don’t have much to do for the LGBTQ community. Jack Carbasho actually started this to bring the community together. We have allies who support us, be they gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, straight… we really are a huge loving community, it doesn’t matter who you are it’s for everyone.
Ryan Stover, volunteer
People of all ages gathered downtown to demonstrate in support of the LGBTQ community. Stover says the purpose of the walk is to stay united and show your true colors.
The group waved flags and chanted “love is love” as they entered the festival.
Several booths at the events featured resources and information. Allow those present to have access to things such as self-defense. They also have live music and drag shows.
I’ve never had this experience before and it’s so nice to have and see it all. I think it’s important to have something like that, so we know there are other people like us.
Benny Mounsey, community member
Everyone is here to celebrate and show their support.