This Saturday is Stockton Pride 2013. Once again, It will be held at Oak Grove Regional Park from 11 AM to 7 PM.
The Stockton Pride Festival is the only event of it's kind here in Stockton. Last year, the turnout was greater than expected and event organizers are planning for more for this year's event.
Nicholas Hatten, Executive Director of San Joaquin Pride Center described this year's event as "The year of more. More entertainment, more activities, more food, more vendors and booths."
When asked about the importance of having an event like Stockton Pride in our community, Hatten said, there is "still a fear of the unknown" as it relates to the LGBT community and that events such as this give everyone a chance to see their culture and see them as individuals as well as members of the community.
"In Stockton, we have a long way to go for equality. We're not San Francisco, we're not Sacramento", said Hatten. Not getting as much support as larger cities is one reason that this event is important. Hatten continues, "Our kids are most at risk". Stockton Pride creates an environment of tolerance and understanding that can lead to meaningful conversations about diversity and help educate the public about the importance of respect, tolerance and equality.
Stockton Pride is a family event and will feature a teen area and children's zone ran by the San Joaquin Pride Center youth group.
Join in the food, fun, entertainment. You can also help support the Stockton Pride Festival and have a chance to win some fabulous prizes by purchasing a raffle ticket for $5 .
Admission is free, and entrance to the park is only $6 per car.
For more information on the San Joaquin Pride Center and tomorrow's Stockton Pride 2013, visit sjpridecenter.org and stocktonpride.weebly.com. Also, be sure to Like Stockton Pride on Facebook at facebook.com/StocktonPride.
We hope to see you Saturday at Oak Grove Regional Park!