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Arlington's first Pride festival took place Saturday

Arlington has held Pride events before, but this was its first full-scale festival.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Capital Pride in D.C. might be over, but Pride Month isn't and there are still ways to celebrate in the DMV. Arlington hosted its inaugural Pride festival this weekend.

“We just wanted the same level of representation and Pride in our town,” said Lindsey Hinton, co-organizer of Arlington Pride. “That really solidifies us as a community, when we have something we can say is ours and we can be proud of.”

Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. Arlington has held Pride events before, but this is its first full-scale festival. The idea to bring the first Pride festival to Arlington started a few years ago.

“We found so many neighboring towns that had Pride, but Arlington did not,” Hinton said. “No one could tell us why, so we created one.”

The Arlington Pride festival ran Saturday, June 25 from 12-7 p.m. and included music, food vendors, drinks, drag entertainment and more.

“It’s for everyone. It’s a space to be free and seen and loved and wanted,” Hinton said.

This isn’t the only Pride event happening in Northern Virginia this weekend. To find a complete list of what’s happening, click here.

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