Draft:TriPride

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  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: Some of the sources are to tripride's own website. The others are routine coverage of local events by local news media. -- RoySmith (talk) 00:31, 3 August 2019 (UTC)

TriPride
TriPrideTN-LOGO.png
StatusActive
FrequencyAnnually
Location(s)Tri-Cities, Tennessee
InauguratedSeptember 15, 2018 (2018-09-15)
Organised byTriPride TN, Inc.
Websitewww.tripridetn.org

TriPride is an annual LGBTQ parade and festival rotating between Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, TN/Bristol, VA. The managing organization formed in October 2017 shortly later became a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

History[edit]

2018[edit]

The first festival was held in September 2018 at Founders Park in Johnson City. Over 10,000 people[1] were in attendance for the event which included the first large pride parade in the Tri-Cities region[2] and the most parade marchers and contingencies in Johnson City history. Over 80 exhibitors and vendors were present at the festival. Citi was the Parade naming sponsor, and Eastman was the Festival naming sponsor.

One of the primary criticisms of the year one festival was the large police presence and perimeter that was established around the event. This was as a result of intelligence from the FBI. Over 240 officers from Johnson City and surrounding jurisdictions participated in the security of the event.[3] No incidents occurred during the festival.

2019[edit]

The year two festival is planned for downtown Kingsport, Tennessee on September 7th, 2019.[4] The festival's 2019 theme is focused around the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots[5], with a particular reference to the progress that's been made since those riots occurred in 1969. The theme is "Look How Far We've Come."

Organizational Structure[edit]

The managing organization, TriPride TN, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. There is a board of 15 directors, 5 of whom are an executive committee responsible for the day-to-day governing of the organization. Each board member serves a two-year term. The President and Vice President are an exception in that they serve a three-year term to ensure an overlap between boards between elections.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10,000 celebrate inaugural Tri-Pride Festival in Johnson City". WJHL. 15 September 2018. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Tri-Cities first LGBT pride parade and festival draws thousands". WCYB. 15 September 2018.
  3. ^ "JCPD Chief on TriPride security: 'We didn't want another Charlottesville'". Johnson City Press. 17 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Join Us".
  5. ^ "TriPride Parade and Festival to be held in Kingsport". Kingsport Times News. 22 January 2019.