Pride Festival Seeks Volunteers

prideASHLAND, Ore. — Organizers of the Southern Oregon Pride Festival say they are expecting more people than ever this year, in part because of Oregon’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

This year’s parade will be held October 11th in Ashland. Organizers are pushing for more volunteers to help with the extra interest.

They said the decisions on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and Oregon’s ruling on same-sex marriage earlier this year could inspire more people to participate. They also said it’s a good sign that the parade is on its fifth year.

“We have so many things to celebrate for this year, so we’re really looking forward to people not only volunteering, but people being a part of our parade,” said Gina Duquenne, director of Southern Oregon Pride.

An informational meeting will be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Ashland Library for anyone who would like to sign up as a volunteer.