Friday night the Lafayette LGBTQ community is preparing for its fifth pride festival on Saturday. It’s a day filled with food, music, and entertainment.
The LGBTQ community took a "trip down memory lane" to learn about their history. They believe pride has come so far but said they will never stop fighting until everyone is included.
Executive Director for Acadiana Pride Tara Guy said there is a deeper meaning to celebrating pride.
"Just to have a safe space and have an outlet for people like-minded individuals and to find their tribe. To come together and see yourself reflected, not thinking that something is wrong with me," Guy said.
There was also a panel of some of the longest standing LGBTQ community members shared their stories.
One member said, "pride, in general, is really important to bring the community together to show people that we aren’t afraid to be ourselves anymore and to show we won’t go back into hiding."
Those in attendance said they welcome everyone to learn about pride and attend their events.
On Saturday there will be a drag brunch from 11 am to 1 pm. The pride festival is to follow from 1p-5pm.