The city will raise flags in front of City Hall to honor local Gay Pride and Juneteenth events on the same day this year.

Organizers of the Gay Pride events hope that the flag raising in front of City Hall on June 19 will attract the same kind of crowd it did in 2019. Last year, a smaller event was held to raise the Gay Pride flag because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s exciting just to see everyone in person and celebrate together,” said Mark Irwin, one of the organizers.

On the same day that the Gay Pride flag will be going up, a Pan-African flag will be raised in front of City Hall to honor Juneteenth, the annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

City officials said the flag-raisings will be held as one event. It’s the first time that the Pan-African flag will go up in front of City Hall, since the local Juneteenth celebration was first held in 2014.

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