May 18, 2017 at 11:34 am EST | by Steve Charing
Baltimore gov’t to show its Pride
Baltimore City government, minimum wage, Catherine Pugh, gay news, Washington Blade

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh plans to host a Pride 2017 reception at City Hall. (Photo by Maryland GovPics; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Baltimore City government has been a key partner in the success of the annual Baltimore Pride celebration over the years. This year is no exception as Mayor Catherine Pugh and her administration are supporting Pride.

Anthony McCarthy, the mayor’s director of communications, told the Blade he is excited about what the city is planning for Pride 2017.   

“The mayor is working with the Pride committee to provide a stage for the activities; rainbow flags will hang in the blocks from North Avenue to 23rd Street; the City Hall dome will be lit in rainbow colors the entire Pride week; and Mayor Pugh will host a Pride 2017 reception at City Hall to celebrate our LGBTQ citizens,” McCarthy said.

The weeklong series of celebratory events run by the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland culminates with the Pride parade and block party in the Station North area on June 17 and the festival in Druid Hill Park on June 18.

Donald Young, the Pride parade chair is grateful for the support from the city.

“It is with great pleasure that Baltimore City Hall will light the dome this year in support of the LGBTQ community and Baltimore Pride 2017,” Young told the Blade. “I thank Anthony McCarthy for his assistance in putting this together.”

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