The second Ohio Valley Pride Festival kicked off Saturday with a parade up 14th Street and down Market Street in Wheeling.
The festival is to support and celebrate the LGBTQ community and freedom from oppression, ridicule and abuse.
Festivities are held at Wheeling’s Heritage Port.
The advisor from the Gay-Straight Alliance at John Marshall High School Andrea Burke said she believes it has grown from last year and is an important, inclusive event.
“I actually came down with several of my students. To see them in there, kind of in their element, with people who accept them for who they are, it’s really special,” said Burke.
“We are excited to host also 30+ vendors who embrace and support diversity and inclusion, not only in the Ohio Valley, but across the state of West Virginia,” said Rosemary Ketchum, Ohio Valley Pride Community Liason.
The festival is along Wheeling’s waterfront Saturday until midnight and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m..
Admission is free, and it is open to the public.
For more information, log on to OhioValleyPride.org.