- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the 1st Elko Pride Festival say the event is a celebration of diversity not only for LGBT individuals, but for the entire community.

The festival kicked off Friday with a meet-and-greet session at an Elko art gallery and featured a parade and live entertainment on Saturday. It ends with Sunday services.

Steve Christean of the Rural America Pride Corp. told the Elko Daily Free Press (https://bit.ly/1HEQcTf ) that everyone was welcome to attend and organizers think the festival has the potential to draw as many as 30,000 visitors in the future.

Elko City Councilman John Patrick Rice says over 1,000 tickets for the event were sold and that translates into a positive economic impact for the area.

He says Elko has “a long tradition of tolerance of diversity,” and he has a lot of gay and lesbian friends after living in Elko for 20 years.

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Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, https://www.elkodaily.com


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