Mayor Holden declares June 15 'Pride Day' in Baton Rouge
POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 2:59pm
Baton Rouge, La — Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden once again this year signed a proclamation for Pride Day in the city-parish – declaring June 15, 2013, as Baton Rouge Pride Fest/GLBT Pride Day.
“Our thanks to the mayor for recognizing the importance of our community to the area,” said Tom Merrill, chairman of Baton Rouge Pride Inc. and the Baton Rouge Pride Fest. The resolution was signed at the urging of the Pride Fest team.
The mayor’s proclamation reads, in part: “Whereas Baton Rouge is a city composed of a great variety of diverse people, cultures, religions, sexual orientations, languages and customs, and whereas the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities have contributed to the City-Parish of Baton Rouge/East Baton Rouge through active involvement in cultural and economic progress, now, therefore, I, Melvin “Kip” Holden, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge, hereby do proclaim June 15, 2013, as BR Pride Fest/GLBT Pride Day.”
The Baton Rouge Pride Fest will take place from noon until 6:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium. It will be followed by the Louisiana Equality March, which will leave from the Belle and march to the state Capitol starting at 6:00 p.m.