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North County LGBT Community to Hold Pride Festival Saturday

Pride at the Beach will begin 11 a.m. Saturday at The Strand in Oceanside and will feature events for people of all ages.

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center will hold its annual Pride at the Beach festival 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on The Strand.

 “It’s a day where our community can be themselves without worry and having to hide their true selves,” organizer Tina Leight-Roades stated. “Like other festivals, we provide entertainment, food and merchandise as well as resources within the community.”

A year after the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, organizers expect a higher military attendance than prior years.

“Each year our military presence at LGBTQ events increases. With the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, it has made it so much easier for our military to be ‘out.’” She added. “I think we will see more than ever before a military presence. Our military are now able to actively be a part of the community without worry of their jobs. “

The day-long event will be held outdoors at Betty’s Lot. Enjoy the day filled with food, entertainment, and music celebrating diversity and the LGBT community. It will also host activities for children.

Tickets are $5, students and seniors are $2.50, Kids 8 and under, and military are free.

For details and to import the event into your calendar, visit the event’s page on Patch.

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