Ventura County

Ventura County Pride celebrates 20th anniversary with Pride Weekend

VENTURA, Calif. - Ventura County Pride is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a three-day pride celebration.

Come Saturday, Plaza Park in Ventura will turn into a huge festival celebrating Pride Weekend.

“People will take part in all of our food trucks, our entertainment that will be happening all day from the main stage, and over 100 venders that will be coming out to help us with our mission to educate, celebrate, and advocate for the LGBTQ community,” said Joseph Summers, Program Manager at PrideVentura County.

Summer says the festival usually attracts around 2,000 people. This year he expects a much larger crowd.

“We have just had so much support financially, and from the community this year,” said Summers. “We think a lot of it has to do with the 50th anniversary of the Stone Wall riots that occurred in New York back in 1969.”

“I love being with the people, and meeting people all the time,” said Jay La Rue, an Oxnard resident and volunteer. “Usually this is the time we all can come out and just be ourselves.”

“We revamped the festival about five years ago to be a fundraiser so we could reopen a community resource center here in the county which we were lacking since 2008.”

The event takes pride in being family, and pet friendly.

“Obviously this park has a playground, so we are just utilizing that playground, and we are having a craft zone for kids this year, face painting, story time, and then we started last year a senior lounge where our 55 plus community could come and lounge in the shade and take part in the festivities,” said Summers.

The three-day festivities begins at 9 p.m. at Patty's in Downtown Ventura for the annual pre party. Then Saturday at Plaza Park beginning at 11 a.m. for Pride Festival.

Tickets 12 and under are free admission.

Students, military, senior, or disability are $5.00. General admission is $10.

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