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First Franklin Pride festival brings large, spirited crowd

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Franklin Pride

Donna Jamois and Russell Techtanksi

A huge crowd showed up Saturday to The Park at Harlinsdale Farm for the first-ever Franklin Pride festival.

“The reason that we decided it was time for a pride celebration in Williamson County and in Franklin is that there are a lot of people that don’t know where to find their community or are trying to come out or are just discovering,” Franklin Pride President Robert McNamara said. “So, this is a way to showcase and let people know there is a community here and obviously a very large community. We welcome all people, everyone, including allies, and we have a lot of those here today as well.”

The festival was put on by PFLAG Franklin and Tennessee Equality Project.

“We’ve been hosting meetings in downtown Franklin, so people started to find each other,” PFLAG President Ginny Bailey said. “I think when we started to say we’re going to put on a pride festival, people said we want to be involved in that. They met us originally through PFLAG and felt comfortable that we could organize and put on a good event. So they’re here today to support us.”

As a pride flag waved in the hot summer air, Franklin citizens and visitors celebrated with activities like the We Are Family dance party and performances from The Miss Fits: The Bad Girls of Drag, Sisters Mann, Nashville in Harmony’s Major Minors and Dianne Davidson. Mr. and Ms. Nashville Pride were also in attendance.

The wide selection of vendors included S&L Solutions, Beloved Waters Aquamation, Big Machine Vodka, Twine Graphics, Biased Apparel, JaVanna Black, OVME Franklin, Tractor Supply, Fantasy Face Artistry, Vintage TN, Cutting Edge Pride, Elizabeth Wanczak for Franklin alderman Ward 4, Mac Productions, Truist Bank, Republic Bank and Trust, Ware Agency Farmers Insurance, Music City PrEP, Nashville Scene, Cracker Barrel, Michael Turner - ET Family Travel, Art of EJ, Timothy Weber Pottery, Peacock Law and more.

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