Pride Week ends in Wichita with rally, parade and festival

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Wichita Pride Week ends with its biggest day. A rally, a parade and a festival capped off the festivities on Sunday.

Wichita Pride Week continued Sunday as hundreds gathered at the historic Sedgwick County Courthouse for the community rally. 

It began at noon and was hosted by Equality Kansas. The rally featured several political speakers ahead of November’s primary elections. 

The week of events is an effort to promote diversity and inclusion.

“So many people have been touched by pride. Whether you have an uncle, an aunt, a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister, a daughter, a son,” said Karen Abshire-Gordon. “All of us have been touched by pride in some way. Someone who has been told by someone that they’re less than and that they’re not important and we’re here to say – ‘yes we are.'”

Immediately after the rally ended, the parade began. 

Attendees marched from the courthouse, along Seneca and down to the Mid-America All Indian Center. 

“I thought the parade was awesome,” said Kayla Eldridge. “It’s a great way for community to show unity and support.”

The festivities didn’t end there. After the parade, the Indian Center opened up for the Pride Festival which included live entertainment, activities for children and of course, food. 

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