More than 400 people, gay and straight, attended Conway’s 9th Annual Pride March last Sunday. John Schenck and Robert Loyd, two longtime Conway residents, organized the parade.
After the march, participants celebrated a message of diversity and tolerance at Simon Park with music, drag performances, vendors and a word from each charity that sponsored the march, including Center for Artistic Revolution, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, The Diamond State Rodeo Association and Renegades for a Cause, a local LGBT support group. This year, for the first time, there were no protesters.
It seems that as Conway has grown, it has become more accepting of different lifestyles.
Next year, being the 10th annual Pride March, the Conway Pride committee is planning a very large, special event. Times are changing, even in Arkansas, for the better.
More photos after the jump.