Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - The 2022 Blue Ridge Pride Festival was held in Asheville, North Carolina Saturday, Sept. 24....
The 2022 Blue Ridge Pride Festival was held in Asheville, North Carolina Saturday, Sept. 24. Thousands of people gathered in Pack Square downtown to shop and eat from the wide range of vendors. Entertainment included a drag showcase, local choirs, and a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - The 2022 Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Asheville, North Carolina showcased inclusive message on...
The 2022 Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Asheville, North Carolina showcased inclusive message on banners and apparel.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - The event included LBGTQ families who gathered to promote equality, safety, and quality of life...
The event included LBGTQ families who gathered to promote equality, safety, and quality of life in the WNC community.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - A cat rides on it's owner's shoulder throughout the Blue Ridge Pride Festival in...
A cat rides on it's owner's shoulder throughout the Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Downtown Asheville, NC
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Messages of inclusivity like these on earrings were sold and showcased throughout the event.
Messages of inclusivity like these on earrings were sold and showcased throughout the event.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - The festival was centered around the Pack's Square amphitheater where musicians performed...
The festival was centered around the Pack's Square amphitheater where musicians performed and the drag queens showcase was held.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Dogs were welcome at the festival like they are in most areas of Asheville.
Dogs were welcome at the festival like they are in most areas of Asheville.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Attendees ran to the stage to join in the Time Warp dance as performed presented the Rocky Horror...
Attendees ran to the stage to join in the Time Warp dance as performed presented the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - The festival included performance artists like these two offering free spankings.
The festival included performance artists like these two offering free spankings.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - The group, Rocky Horror Music Show, performed songs as part of a live music revue.
The group, Rocky Horror Music Show, performed songs as part of a live music revue.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Attendees dance to the Rocky Horror Music Show performance.
Attendees dance to the Rocky Horror Music Show performance.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Thousands attended the 2022 Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Asheville, North Carolina on Sept. 24.
Thousands attended the 2022 Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Asheville, North Carolina on Sept. 24.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Drag performers wait backstage for the Drag Showcase to begin.
Drag performers wait backstage for the Drag Showcase to begin.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - The festival welcomed LGBTQ families from Western North Carolina.
The festival welcomed LGBTQ families from Western North Carolina.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Children participated in festival activities .
Children participated in festival activities .
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - The Drag Showcase featured 19 drag queens performing dances in elaborate costumes.
The Drag Showcase featured 19 drag queens performing dances in elaborate costumes.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Drag queens interacted with audience members.
Drag queens interacted with audience members.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Audience members tipped the performers with dollar bills.
Audience members tipped the performers with dollar bills.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Drag queen performers collected tips from excited attendees.
Drag queen performers collected tips from excited attendees.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Costumes for performers are layered and unique to each individual with dances often including an...
Costumes for performers are layered and unique to each individual with dances often including an excited reveal as they change onstage.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Families cheered on the drag performers.
Families cheered on the drag performers.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - The drag showcase was high-energy with lip syncing, dancing, jumps and splits.
The drag showcase was high-energy with lip syncing, dancing, jumps and splits.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - Costumes and makeup are very creative and professional.
Costumes and makeup are very creative and professional.
Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - A young audience member greets a performer while shyly handing over a tip.
A young audience member greets a performer while shyly handing over a tip.
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Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022 - This drag performer, dressed as Liza Minelli, danced in ruby red shoes for excited audience members.
This drag performer, dressed as Liza Minelli, danced in ruby red shoes for excited audience members.

Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2022

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Katie Linsky Shaw
Photojournalist based in Asheville, North Carolina
Thousands of colorful, creative and talented individuals gathered in downtown Asheville, North Carolina on Sept. 24, for the 2022 Blue Ridge Pride Festival.

The festival is held each fall to promote equality, safety and quality of life for the LBGTQ community in Western North Carolina. This year's theme was "Inclusion, Ya'll." The event regularly attracts 14,000-18,000 people.

Vendors were set up throughout Pack Square Park selling merchandise and apparel with inclusivity messages. Local organizations focusing on social justice, faith, education and community service were also on hand. The festival concluded with the Blue Ridge Pride Drag Showcase featuring 19 performers.


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