It’s a way to show how free we are now, and we’ve got this and we will get more later. I think it’s fun to come and see and it would help other people who might be questioning.
— Chase Wall, Booneville, N.C.

I haven’t been to a parade before. They are important. Our parades will show we deserve our freedoms.
— Jordan Beam, Booneville, N.C.

This is my very first time at NC Pride. It is very exciting.
— Doreen Donavan, Sanford, N.C.

I came to bring my girlfriend. I wanted her to experience being out and proud.
— Jeannine Hogan, Wilmington, N.C.

I wanted to come with my girlfriend and we brought our children. They wanted to come and its the first time they’ve been to anything like this.
— Wendy Perez, Sanford, N.C.

This is my second time coming. I wanted to bring [my family] and we are having a ball.
— Lisa Nelson, Sanford, N.C.

I always come to Pride. It’s the only place to be with the community in the state and see very different parts of the community. It’s also nice to be out in droves when 50 years ago we couldn’t do this.
— Samantha Korb, Mebane, N.C.
I’ve been coming every year. I can’t break the tradition.
— Lee Sartain, Raleigh, N.C.