Tuscaloosans celebrate diversity at Druid City Pride
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson
After a year away from Government Plaza, the Druid City Pride Festival came back bigger than ever on Sunday.
The sixth annual event was back in person after last year’s virtual happenings, offering a day where Tuscaloosans could celebrate what makes them who they are in a safe, welcoming environment.
“It’s a day where we just get to come out and enjoy being ourselves,” said Druid City Pride Director Russell Howard.
Howard said it’s huge to host an event like this in Tuscaloosa because it showcases the diversity of West Alabama
“The love that’s out there transcends what the normal standards are,” Howard said. “For people to be able to show who they are as a person, their differences, the things they have in common and just celebrate it all, that’s why a day like today is important for Tuscaloosa and everywhere.”
This year’s festival featured plenty of performers, organizations offering up helpful information, food trucks and speakers including Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama President and CEO Jim Page and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox.
The University of North Alabama’s Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion Director Andrea Hunt said events like this are important throughout the state because it shows that representation matters.
“It’s been a wonderful day, especially for us coming down from Northwest Alabama, to be able to meet other folks who are doing really important work across the region,” Hunt said. “To be able to network but to be able to also just be in community with other people.”