For the third time in its brief three-year history, Frederick Pride was held at a different venue. This year’s event took place at the scenic Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick. As Pride has grown over the years, new venues were sought. More than 3,000 people attended—a considerable increase over the goal of 2,000—on a bright, warm June 28.
“Changing the scope, format, and venue of Frederick Pride was an ambitious undertaking,” Brian Walker, chair of Frederick’s LGBT Community Center, told the Blade. “A dedicated team of 20 six-month volunteers tackled the demands head-on. A festival that tripled in size and still ran smoothly was the result.”
The planners tapped into growing LGBT support from Frederick’s city officials, businesses, affirming churches and an increasingly strong relationship with the police department to craft this multi-faceted, well-received event. Over 40 area businesses offered a variety of discounts to those who wore rainbow bracelets, which were handed out for free as attendees entered.
“This is awesome,” said Bobbi Martin from Woodsboro, Md. who attended with her wife Linda. “Who’d ever thought years ago we’d have a Pride in Frederick?”
Pride had its detractors, however. About 10 people from the KKK hurled epithets at the festival-goers while police observed. They left less than 30 minutes afterwards without incident.