“Come as you are, no one is here to judge”: People celebrate 15th annual NWA Pride Parade

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Thousands of people celebrated equality at the 15th Annual Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade and Festival. 

People from across the state, businesses, churches, and organizations all lined up for the parade starting at eight in the morning. 

From there, the festival traveled down Dickson Street and ended at Arkansas Avenue. 

This is the largest LGBTQ celebration in Arkansas, according to NWA’s Pride Parade and Festival website.  

People in attendance were celebrating in style dressed in colors of the rainbow, but don’t want that to turn supporters away. 

They said to come as you are because no one is here to judge. 

“People sometimes expect someone who goes to pride to be this crazy person who wears a rainbow flag and paints their face, and it doesn’t have to be like that. Any kind of support is support,” NWA Latin Drag Queen Ella Demarco said. 

Demarco said she participated in the float for the University of Arkansas. 

This is the first time the U of A has attended the NWA Pride Parade. 

She said it was a huge deal for her, and she was honored to be in it. 

All the parade’s events were put on by the NWA Center for Equality. 

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