COLUMBUS, Ind.–The first-ever Columbus Pride Festival, held in downtown Columbus on Saturday, turned out to be very popular. Despite a rainy start, the event attracted an estimated 2500 people to a blocked-off area on 4th Street, between Jackson and Franklin streets. The space was filled with many booths from community organizations and supporters.
The celebration was organized by Columbus Signature Academy New Tech high school student Erin Bailey as her senior project. She enlisted help from various members of the community to stage the event.
Word eventually spread that a pro-LGBTQ event was being held in Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown. The festival received national attention because Pence, an outspoken critic of the LGBTQ lifestyle, signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act while he was governor of the Hoosier state.
In addition to the food and booths, there was also a Mike Pence impersonator posing for pictures with the crowd.