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Anchorage photographer Russ Reno gives us a complete picture — with inventory — of a robust Pride in Anchorage. Read more below
Russ Reno sent us this list, and inventory that reads like a poem, of the contents of Anchorage Pride. -- Editor
We had 28 official events and at least 15 other events
2 themes - 1 message "The Next Generation - More than a Rainbow"
8 Drag shows
PrideFest on the ParkStrip
2 Outdoor concerts
40+ Parade entries
1,000s of participants
49 bells for Orlando
1 church protested our kids events
1 church opened their doors, parking lot, and bathrooms to apologies for what Christians had done in the name of God.
1 Film Festival
1 Elders brunch
1 Trans talk
1 Beyond the Closet Talk
Brunch with a drag queen
Stories with a drag queen
Ginger Minj in concert
Deven Green in concert
45th annual Gay Freedom Day Remembrance
Social hour with appetizers
Pride Swag was sold
Drag Queen Bingo
The Anchorage Fire Department was stopped by a Drag Queen and forced to pose for a photo-opp.
We built a lemonade stand, painted faces, and adopted a dog.
We drank beer, ate pizza, and watched a movie (Philadelphia)
We watched a 5-year-old run in a Rainbow 5K Marathon
We watched several of our friends loose to a 5-year-old in a marathon.
In attendance were our Mayor, Senator, Councilman, City and State Representatives, Assembly members and several future representatives of downtown Anchorage and all of Alaska.
We had a King and a Queen, a Duke, and a Duchess
24 Virgin Drag Queens
We played bingo
This year there were several firsts
First-ever live stream of the Equality Parade in Anchorage
First-ever Gay Pride to be led by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
First time ever that Jews and Catholics walked hand-in-hand in our equality parade.
The National Park Serviced held banners for Stonewall National Monument.
Old white guys marched for LGBTQ rights.
And our Pride photographer took over 4,000 photographs and spent at least 80 hours choosing what few he would share.
That was Pride 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska.