The third Aberdeen Area Pride Festival drew a crowd to downtown last weekend.
While most people enjoyed events on Friday, June 2, Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, there were some counter protesters downtown, too.
Drag shows, speakers, a solidarity walk, vendors, a video game contest, an art show, karaoke and a block party were all part of the festivities.
A small group of people opposed to the event gathered on South Main Street Saturday afternoon.
The event was largely without conflict, though there was a brief altercation downtown between opponents to the festival and a drag performer Saturday. That was before an all-ages drag show at the Red Rooster Coffee House, which hosted several events during the weekend.
Some of the signs the opponents had read “Pray for our city,” “Protect our children” and “The best stories come from the Bible.”
But attendees displayed support for the LGBTQIA+ community, including a group of parents who wore shirts that offered “free mom hugs.”