drag queen interacting with audience along carroll creek

Most public festivals feature a specific theme.

Alcohol, music, food, the celebration of some type of holiday or commonality among the attendees, the list goes on. In the case of area Pride festivals, it’s about inclusion and acceptance. And something that is counted on annually for many members of the LGBTQ+ community.

That’s why in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic threatened public gatherings for the foreseeable future, the organizers of Frederick Pride wasted no time coming up with a backup plan for the festival originally scheduled for June 27.

“Vulnerable populations are historically at a vast disadvantage when something like this occurs because many LGBTQ+ children are stuck in homes that don’t affirm their identity or who they are,” The Frederick Center Chair Kris Fair said recently while discussing Frederick Pride board members’ decision to postpone the ninth annual festival until Oct. 4.