(Crystal A. Proxmire, June 4, 2017)
Ferndale, MI – The sunshine and the crowds came out Saturday for the annual Ferndale Pride Festival, celebrating the LGBTQAI community and diversity. The festival opened with youth releasing rainbow colored balloons in memory of Peter Cooper, a community activist who passed away in the past year. Brian Kramer and Beth Hussey of the Kramer Restaurant group released black balloons in remembrance of the 49 lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando just after Pride last year.
Once the memorials were done, the community celebrated the vibrancy of life and the joy that comes from being in a community that is welcoming of all people. Community groups shared information alongside vendors in booths that lined W. 9 Mile and W. Troy, plus more inside Affirmations Community Center. Visitors packed the local bars, while some also enjoyed the new Sober Space area.
To learn more about Ferndale Pride, visit www.ferndalepride.com.