Oklahoma's gay and lesbian community will kick off OKC Pride Week with a block party Friday and continue the celebration throughout the weekend in various locations.
The block party will begin at 7 p.m. and include a crawfish boil and live entertainment on NW 39 Street west of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Saturday, the organization will hold a marriage equality rally at Myriad Botanical Gardens downtown. “Love Is Love” will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include a commitment ceremony for couples in attendance.
Jeremy Crites, president of OKC Pride, said the rally and festival are aimed at raising awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Oklahoma.
“When you get beyond the labels of straight, gay, lesbian, you see that you have two people who love each other,” Crites said. “And in light of the state's current gay marriage ban, I think it's important to raise awareness that these are people who are Oklahomans just like everyone else.”
Registration for the ceremony ranges from $10 to $50, depending on what the couple would like included, from T-shirts to a chance to win a honeymoon trip.
Also Saturday, the Pride Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Film Row area west of the Myriad Gardens. Vendors and live entertainment will populate the area, and The Paramount OKC, 7 N Lee Ave., will show movies.
Festivities will conclude with the Pride Parade at 4 p.m. Sunday. It will start at Memorial Park at NW 36 and Classen and then go west on NW 39.