Three new Central Maryland Pride festivals are planned for Saturday, June 29th.

The first annual Howard County Pride Festival will be held from 11 am to 5 pm at Centennial Park Maryland (10000 Clarksville Pike (Main / South) in Ellicott City. This family-friendly event will feature food, music, games, entertainment, resources, allies, friends, and fun. Furry family members are welcome, as well. The event is co-hosted by PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Columbia-Howard County and County Executive Calvin Ball. Over two years of hard work and planning have gone into making this event a success. For more info visit the Facebook event page at Bit.ly/2IP3DW2.

The inaugural Annapolis Pride Parade will kick off at noon, and the festival will be held from noon to 5 pm. The parade will begin at the intersection of Amos Garrett Boulevard and West Street, and end at the intersection of Calvert and West Streets. The festival will be along West Street from Church Circle to Calvert Street. The closest parking is Whitmore Garage for only $4 up until 4 pm. For more info visit the Facebook event page Bit.ly/2WQ5DCm or the website at Annapolispride.org, or email info@annapolispride.org.

The First Annual Pride March in Westminster will take place from 2 to 3 pm. The parade will gather at Locust Lane and Main Street (across from the Westminster Library). It will proceed on the sidewalk eastbound to Center Street, cross Main Street, walk westbound to Anchor Street, cross Main Street again, and return to Locust Lane. You are encouraged to bring signs, banners, flags etc. to show your pride. Participants are urged to walk peacefully and keep all areas clean and free of trash. For more info visit the Facebook event page at Bit.ly/2KoTRgB.

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