Pride festival this weekend

Second annual street fair includes musicians, crafts and storytelling

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2001

Juneau's Second Annual Pride Festival will take place from noon to 11 p.m. this Saturday on Second Street between Seward and Main.

The festival will feature live music by a number of artists, including Chicago singer and songwriter Ripley Caine. Other activities include a performance by the Pride Chorus, storytelling by Brett Dillingham, balloon animals with Jeff Brown, a craft fair, and a barbecue by Silverbow owners Ken Alper and Jill Ramiel.

"It was very much a family event last year," said Chris Beanes, a SEAGLA board member who's helping coordinate the event. "All sorts of ages, and some people just camped out for the whole day."

Event coordinators are estimating that attendance could increase to 1,000 people, up from last year's 500 or 600.

"It'll probably be weather dependent," said Jeremy Neldon, SEAGLA president and event organizer. "But last year, Celebration [and high school graduation] were going on at the same time, and this year, only high school graduation will be going on. So I hope for more people."

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