The festival offers people of all ages an exciting day filled with vendors activities and plenty of dancing. "People are just really happy that this is happening," said Marcus Ellsworth, president of Tennessee Valley Pride, "In some ways it feels like a big family reunion."
The festival kicked off with a parade that ran along the Riverfront, which hasn’t been done in Chattanooga for more than two decades.
Ellsworth said with the way times are changing, pride events are more important now than ever, "I think particularly in the South, a lot of times members of the LGBT community can feel alone, feel forgotten, feel oppressed and really negative things. But to prove that in Chattanooga, we love all people, we love the people who make this city what it is, make this area what it is, and there’s a place for everyone."
A wedding officiate was also on standby at the festival for anyone who wished to be married, as long as they brought along the appropriate paperwork.
Events throughout the week included an Interfaith Service, Family Pizza Night, Rocky Horror Movie Night and so much more. For a list of events and registration, visit www.tennesseevalleypride.com.