With rainbow pride flags tied to light posts and booths set up all over Pack Square Park, the Blue Ridge Pride festival returned for its third year to celebrate the LGBTQ community. Hundreds showed up for the event that lasted from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Volunteers walked around asking people to sign a form saying they would oppose a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriages. Others enjoyed the live music by dancing with their partners. The event featured four different bands, a gay men’s choral ensemble, and a drag show. One man in attendance said, "This day is the one day that I feel the most free out of the other 364 days of the year."
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