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Tarrant Pride parade a rousing
success, organizers say
ON MAIN STREET | The float carrying members of the Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association
makes its way down Main Street in downtown Fort Worth. (Tammye Nash/Dallas Voice)
Spectators largely ignore anti-gay
protestors; police arrest, ticket
Kingdom Baptist members for
TAMMYE NASH I Senior Editor
FORT WORTH — Organizers of the 30th an-
nual Tarrant County Gay Pride celebration said
this week that the events were a rousing success,
despite the presence of a relativelysmall but loud
contingent anti-gay protestors at the Oct. 1 Pride
This year the parade was moved from its tra-
ditional three block route down South Jennings
Street to a seven block stretch of Main Street in
downtown Fort Worth. And Tarrant County Gay
Pride Week Association President Daune Little-
field said she was pleased by the number of spec-
tators who turned out.
"\ saw people lining both sides of the street for
all seven blocks of the parade route," Littlefield
said. "I know there were definitely more people
there than in previous years, I'd say we had
maybe three times as many people at the parade
as last year. We will definitely be bringing the pa-
rade back downtown again next year."
Littlefield acknowledged that "there were a few
glitches" in the parade and the street festival that
followed on Main Street near the Fort Worth Con-
vention Center. But she said, "I guess that was to
be expected since this was our first year to hold
the parade downtown. Next year, it will go even
Although the Pride Week association had to
raise more money to cover the higher costs of
moving the parade downtown this year, Little-
field said organizers still came out ahead.
"Money-Wise, it was a real success^" she said.
"We paid for everything, and we still have money
left oyer, seed money for next year's event and
money for the scholarship fund. We made a com-
mitment to the community in moving the parade
and expanding our celebration that we would cre-
ate this scholarship to give back to the community.
And we will follow through on that commitment
no matter what," Littlefield said.
Littlefield also said that the annual Pride Picnic
in Trinity Park — Tarrant County 's original Pride
event and long considered its most popular and
most successful Pride event — also went off
"without a hitch."
"We had more people there than last year. We
usually have around 2,500 people at the parade
and this year, I'd say we had at least 3,000," Lit-
tlefield said. "The weather was fantastic and the
event was just phenomenal. There was no ruckus,
no problem anywhere."
Littlefield said that she was pleased that spec-
tators there for the parade for the most part ig-
nored the anti-gay protestors, at least some of
whom were reportedly with Kingdom Baptist
Church, a small congregation out of Venus led by
Pastor Joey Faust.
*1 was on a float at the end of the parade, and
■ PARADE, Page 16
Nash, Tammye. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, October 7, 2011. Dallas, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth239188/. Accessed December 29, 2014.