Inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival draws large crowd

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, June 12, families flocked to Brookview Park to celebrate the inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival.
The event occurred hours after news broke about a mass shooting at an LGBTQ club in Orlando, Florida, where initial reports indicated that 50 people died and 53 were wounded.
Event attendees paid tribute to the Orlando victims and their loved ones with a moment of silence.
The event celebrated not only the LGBTQ community, but family, friends and the community in general.
Activities included food trucks, informational booths, keynote speakers and live music.

Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris, left, welcomes residents and visitors to the inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival put on by a group of community members. Pictured to his right are Council Members Joanie Clausen and Andy Snope. Council Member Larry Fonnest was a member of the planning committee. Harris said the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, proved all the more reason to unify as a community. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell) Outloud!, a 12-member subgroup from the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, perform musical numbers at the inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival June 12 at Brookview Park. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell) Highview Alternative Program’s gay alliance group host a children’s craft table at the inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival in Brookview Park June 12. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell) LGBTQ supporters of all ages attend the inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival June 12. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell) Phil Duran, legal director of OutFront Minnesota, an organization leading the state toward LGBT equality, is one of two keynote speakers at the June 12 inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival. Tom Knabel, Human Rights Campaign board member was also a keynote speaker. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell) North East Roller Derby Youth League members paint event attendees faces at the June 12 Golden Valley Pride Festival in Brookview Park. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell) The Freedom! Jazz Big Band perform at the inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival June 12, in Brookview Park. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell) A large crowd gathers at Brookview Park June 12, to celebrate the inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell) Protestors stand off to the side at the June 12 inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival in Brookview Park. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell)
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Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris, left, welcomes residents and visitors to the inaugural Golden Valley Pride Festival put on by a group of community members. Pictured to his right are Council Members Joanie Clausen and Andy Snope. Council Member Larry Fonnest was a member of the planning committee. Harris said the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, proved all the more reason to unify as a community. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell)