July 20, 2017
By Kyle Weese and Olivia Hoppe, Legislative Assistants
MANSFIELD--The 2017 Mansfield Gay Pride Weekend will be taking place the weekend of July, 21st at Central Park in Downtown Mansfield. All are welcome to attend this event and enjoy in the festivities. The theme for Pride Weekend this year is: Tropical Paradise. Come with your best floral shirts, beach hats, and thong flip flops ready for a great day of fun in the sun. The first event of Pride Weekend is Mansfield’s very first Annual Pride Festival Kickoff Party.
This event will begin at 6:00 PM on the 21st, and end at 10:00 PM. The Kickoff Party will be hosted by Dj CRob from local Mansfield radio station Y105. The second event of the weekend is the third Annual Mansfield Gay Pride Festival. The festival will start at noon directly after the parade and will go until 9:00 PM.
The Mansfield Gay Pride Association encourages everyone to come as they are, assuring that it will be a completely fun and safe environment. There will be food, performances, karaoke contests, and even a kid’s area with a bounce house to keep children occupied. President of the Mansfield Gay Pride Association, Tom Rice, hopes this event will bring more members of the LGBTQ community out from the surrounding areas.
“Gay rights are something that isn’t particularly talked about in Mansfield” said Tom, and he's hoping this event can be the start of that discussion being more open. With the variety of activities planned for the weekend, there will be something to enjoy for everyone.
Kyle and Olivia are Legislative Assistants selected for the 2017 Mansfield City Council Internship Program under Councilman Don Bryant. Kyle is a Business major studying at Ohio University. Olivia is a History and Political Science major studying at The Ohio State University—Columbus.