The sunshine provided a perfect setting at Hickman Park Saturday as the Pride of Edmonds held its second annual picnic celebrating June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The picnic was a barbecue-style potluck open to the community.
Pride of Edmonds was established in 2017 by Lori S. Kunze and her husband, Brian Potter. The organization was invited to march in the Edmonds Kind of 4th of July parade after they decided not to form their own parade due to logistical issues, Potter said.
“Personally, I think this is a great way to do it,” he said. “We get a crowd we would surely never get if it was just a Pride parade, we don’t have to do the logistics and we have just as much fun — and now we have the picnic, too.”
After marching in their first Edmonds Kind of 4th of July parade, Pride of Edmonds member Danielle Hursh said she wanted to have more events for the community, she organized the first Pride of Edmonds Picnic last year. Having recently moved back to Edmonds from Seattle with her wife, Hursh said a picnic in the park seemed like the best way to get to know other members of the LGBTQ community.
“It’s a kind of fun way to meet people,” she said.
The inaugural picnic was funded in part by a grant awarded by the Edmonds Diversity Commission.
The free event also included games and face-painting station. The park’s picnic shelter was decorated with flags celebrating LGBTQ Pride, as well as bisexual and transgender visibility. Also attending the event were Edmonds City Councilmembers Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Mike Nelson.
Pride of Edmonds meets on the third Saturday of every month 9:30 a.m. at the Pancake Haus in Edmonds. For more information about Pride of Edmonds, contact Danielle Hursh at [email protected].
–Story and photos by Cody Sexton