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Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, 503-742-5911

06-12-17

Clackamas County

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Clackamas County at Pride NW Festival next weekend

On June 17 and 18, for the third consecutive year, Clackamas County employees, their families, and colleagues from local cities and communities will join together at the Portland waterfront to march in the Pride Parade and share local information at the county’s Pride Festival booth.

Since 2012, when Clackamas County Commissioners first adopted a resolution valuing diversity, county officials have embraced the county’s multifaceted community and worked to foster a welcoming environment for all who live, work in, and visit Clackamas County. In October 2015, commissioners expanded their prior resolution to affirm “the values of diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of county governance, operations and services rendered to county residents and the public at large” and establish “by example and leadership, the county’s commitment to these principles.”

2015 marked the first year of Clackamas County’s participation in the Pride Parade and Festival with 20 parade marchers and many additional volunteers staffing the county’s information booth. Parade marchers climbed to 65 in 2016, and 2017 promises to see even greater representation from Clackamas County which each year features a sheriff’s car in the contingent that has become a major hit with parade watchers.

The Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade is the largest LGBTQ cultural celebration between San Francisco and Seattle. The festival attracts thousands of visitors to the region each year, bringing significant revenue to local communities. The Portland Pride Festival is one of the last on the West Coast that does not charge admission. Gate donations are appreciated but are not required.

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