Nearly 5,000 attend 2nd annual Burien Pride Festival at Town Square Park


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Photos courtesy Steph Brusig

The second annual Burien Pride festival, sponsored by Blissful Knead and Kaiser Permanente (as well as The B-Town Blog), saw approximately 5,000 attendees – an increase over the 2017 event of nearly 67 percent – in a span of 10 hours on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

The free family-friendly event was held in Burien Town Square Park, and included a 21+ beer garden sponsored by Elliott Bay Brewhouse, a play area with inflatables, two performance stages, and close to 100 vendors and community partners.

The night was capped with performances by The Aqua-Nets and a two-hour drag show featuring the “Dames of Drag,” starring Tru St James, DonnaTella Howe, Kara Sutra, Aloy Niles, and and Fraya Love.

“It was heartwarming and encouraging to see families and friends enjoying the festival again this year,” said Debra George, Burien Pride committee member. “We wish to specifically acknowledge the Burien local businesses that either joined us for the first time or returned following last year’s event. We appreciate the ongoing support of Discover Burien and its mission toward economic development, education and promotion of the Burien Business Community.”

On May 7, 2018, the City of Burien officially proclaimed June 2 as Burien Pride Day. Burien residents gathered to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ+ community in a ceremony held at City Hall.

“The involvement this year by the City of Burien was incredible,” said Sarah Toce, Burien Pride committee member. “We look forward to future partnerships next year.”

Approximately $8,000 was raised during Burien Pride 2018. Funds will be awarded to students by the newly formed Burien Pride Scholarship Committee later this year. Interested parties should visit www.burienpride.com as the website will be updated with information in the coming weeks.

Mark your calendars: Burien Pride returns on Friday, May 31, 2019 for Drag Queen Bingo and Saturday, June 1, 2019 for the festival.

For sponsorship information or to request interviews or photos, please contact Sarah Toce at (206) 714-2277 or [email protected]. Like Burien Pride on Facebook!

ABOUT BURIEN PRIDE
Burien Pride is an annual celebration produced by Discover Burien, a 501c3 non-profit corporation. Discover Burien exists for economic development, education and promotion of the Burien Business Community. To learn more about Burien Pride or Discover Burien, please visit BurienPride.com or discoverburien.org.

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