The first Woodinville Pride will take place at DeYoung Park this Sunday, June 26, from 12-4 p.m.
“I’m so excited that Woodinville Pride will be happening this year and that we can show what an inclusive & loving community we have,” organizer Tanya Milbrodt wrote to the Weekly.
She says she hopes the event will help LGBTQ+ youth in the city feel loved, supported and accepted.
“As sad as it is, not all LGBTQIA youth have a good support system at home,” Milbrodt wrote.
She was inspired to organize the event after her teenage daughter came out to her about a year and a half ago, she said.
That June, she wanted to take her daughter and her friends to Pride. They were surprised to find out that Woodinville did not have any Pride events, so they went to Monroe Pride instead.
“On the way home I was chatting with the kids and saying that we need more events like Monroe’s on the Eastside and that maybe we should ‘just plan our own event,’” Milbrodt wrote. “And a year later here we are.”
About 20 vendor booths with local artists and businesses will be at the event, Milbrodt said.
The first Gay Pride March was held in 1970 in New York City. Since then, Pride events celebrating all LGBTQ+ identities have been held around the world. In the U.S., annual Pride events typically happen in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots.