Flagler Pride hosted its annual Pride Festival at Central Park in Palm Coast’s Town Center on June 10 during a weekend of LGBT events.
The festival featured music and comedy performances and booths from local businesses and support organizations.
Coquina Coast Brewing Company in Flagler Beach was the site of an 18-and-older drag and burlesque show the evening of June 9; on June 11, Flagler Pride led a vigil at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach for the seven-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Forty-nine people were killed in the shooting, and over 50 injured.
Crystal Rodriguez, owner of Creaturiffic Parties, was one of the business supporters at the festival.
Rodriguez said community events like the pride festival are important because it can sometimes be hard for LGBTQ individuals to remember that they have a large, supportive community, even in conservative areas.
“We have more support than I thought,” Rodriguez said.
Flagler Pride is an LGBTQ support organization that was founded in 2020. It provides diverse and inclusive safe spaces for Flagler County’s LGBTQ community and its allies.