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Sylva celebrates Pride parade

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Lilly Knoepp
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Parade attendees marched down Main Street chanting, "Sylva! Pride!"

Over the weekend, a Pride parade was held in Sylva for the second year in a row. More than 500 people turned out for the all-day event on Saturday. Local artists, Western Carolina University, local businesses and more set up booths at Bridge Park to share information and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

During the parade, attendees held flags representing the LGBTQ+ community and signs calling for the protection of trans youth as they marched down Main Street. The crowd chanted:

“When I say Sylva, you say Pride."
"SYLVA!" "PRIDE!" SYLVA!" "PRIDE!”

Onlookers cheered and took pictures of the event. There were local musicians throughout the day and a family friendly drag performance at 2:30 pm. During the event, Vivica DuPree was crowned Miss Sylva Pride.

Lilly Knoepp serves as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina. She is a native of Franklin, NC who returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.