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Less attention to legislation means a more joyful Tallahassee Pride Festival

Kleman Plaza in Tallahassee was the location of this year’s Pride Festival on Saturday, April 20.

Last year, the festival took place as the Florida Legislature passed several bills that placed restrictions on the LGBTQ-Plus community. But Lauren Kelly-Manders, interim director of Pride Festival, said this did not appear to be a major priority for lawmakers during the most recent session. As a result, this year’s festival seemed much more light-hearted.

“At the end of the day, Tallahassee has a really great local LGBTQ community. And we’ve seen people come from Panama City and Central Florida to this event and as far away as Nashville, TN. So we’re bringing people to Tallahassee to celebrate the LGBTQ community and that’s what today is all about.”

Thousands attended this year’s Tallahassee Pride Festival, which has been happening for 12 years.