PLATTSBURGH - It's time for one local group to show their pride once again.
Adirondack Pride, an organization dedicated to encouraging acceptance and tolerance for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, is preparing for their second annual Adirondack Pride Festival.
The event kicks off Thursday, June 23, with a "White Party" at Therapy Nightclub and Sports Lounge, 14 Margaret St., at 10 p.m.
"It's where everyone wears all white attire," said Joey Trombley, chairman of the Adirondack Pride Committee and owner of Twylyte's Salon.
The party will be a kick-off to festivities that will take a break on Friday and resume Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, at Cocktails, 42 River St., Morrisonville. There, Adirondack Pride will hold "Pride Weekend," with activities meant to be family-friendly by day and more adult-oriented at night.
"It's going to be a full-day carnival with games, vendors, a dunking booth, a day show for the kids, a night show for the adults and dance party after," Trombley said of Saturday, adding the after-party will include entertainment by DJ Touch from Atlanta, Ga.
On Sunday, the celebration will continue at Cocktails with volleyball, pool, dart, and Wii tournaments. Trombley said he's hoping to build on last year's turnout.
"We had a really good time last year. We had over 400 people," he said. "I'm hoping for more this time, but it's just good to see all the community that comes together for it."
The celebration is of even more special meaning this year as legislators continue their debate in the Capitol on the issue of same-sex marriage.
"I think it kind of gives us a sense of home a little bit," Trombley said of celebrations like this weekend. "This is one place where no one is judged, no one looks at anybody any different than anybody else."
"I honestly think that if they do pass the marriage bill, I will move Pride to the anniversary date," he added.
The main thing Trombley said he'd like to see come from the event is to build acceptance and understanding of the LGBT community.
"We put our pants on the same way everyone else does, one leg at a time," said Trombley. "We're just another part of the community. We pay our taxes, we eat at your restaurants, we shop at your businesses."
"This is a chance for some people to hang out with a part of their community they may not know existed," he added.
For more information about the Adirondack Pride Festival, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.