Gage Dillon, 14, waves a pride flag while dressed in a dinosaur suit before Homer’s first ever Pride March on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Gage Dillon, 14, waves a pride flag while dressed in a dinosaur suit before Homer’s first ever Pride March on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer to celebrate Pride Month with walk, festivities

For the second year, Homer will have its own Pride Month celebration marked by a walk through town this Saturday, June 22.

Last year, local organizers came together to form Homer’s first official Pride walk and celebration through the organization Homer Pride. In its second year, the celebration has been expanded to include a bonfire and potluck at Bishop’s Beach following the walk.

This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the uprising at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in which members of the LGBTQ fought back against a police raid and held several protests over the next few days. These events are widely credited with launching the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States.

The schedule for Saturday’s Pride events in Homer is as follows:

11:30 a.m. — Face painting, musical performance and speeches at WKFL Park

Noon — Homer Pride Walk begins from WKFL Park to Lake Street, then to the Homer Farmers Market and ending on B Street by Grace Ridge Brewery. Stay to enjoy outdoor games and grilled hot dogs at the Homer Real Estate Associates lot.

3 p.m. — Bonfire and potluck at Bishop’s Beach. Musical performances and karaoke are encouraged.

Also this weekend, La Baleine will host a Pride Kick-Off Party from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. There will be music by Joshua Thomas and refreshments and appetizers available for purchase.

Following Saturday’s walk and festivities, there will be a Pride Dance Party at Downeast Saloon on East End Road starting at 8 p.m. with music by DJ Hack.

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