14,000 people filled the streets of downtown Augusta on June 23rd to celebrate the Augusta Pride festival.
They filled the streets with bright colors and happy people all weekend for the 9th annual festival.
At a dance party at the Augusta Commons, Stacey Abrams joined the festivities and talked about her campaign for the governor of Georgia.
Participants at this year’s pride say it made the event even more special than usual.
Amanda Lynn Joyce said, “We need someone who cares about the communities. It shows that Augusta is progressing forward and that’s something we’ve needed for a long time.”
Abrams agreed with Joyce. She said her platform would help the LGBT community, and that as governor of Georgia, she would make sure to fight against discrimination.
Abrams said, “The LGBTQ community is a critical part of the state of GA. it’s part of the economy but also a part of a cultural fabric of our state.”
She said that it was important to be at today’s event to show the support she will give to the community when she wins the governors race in November.
Abrams said, “I’m proud to be in Augusta because I’m not running to be the governor of Atlanta, I’m running to be the governor of all of Georgia. I wanted to support pride in Augusta because it’s critical to the rest of the state.”
Joyce says that this year, the pride festival has been more impactful than usual.
She said, “It just warms my heart that people are showing up and that they’re showing love not hate.”
Year after year the event continues to grow. Organizers say that they are already preparing for next years 10th Annual Augusta Pride Festival.
For more information on the weekend’s events and future plans from Augusta Pride, you can go to http://prideaugusta.org/.