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Bolingbrook Pride to hold Pride Picnic on June 9

BOLINGBROOK — Bolingbrook’s Pride Picnic will be behind the Village Hall, at 375 W. Briarcliff Rd, on Sunday, June 9.

Bolingbrook Pride said in an email that they expect 500 to 1,000 people this yearh.

Sausagefest food truck, Smokin’ Z BBQ food truck, Kona Ice (who is giving 20% back to us as a fundraiser), and Epic Popcorn (the first and only National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) certified popcorn company in the country) will be there selling food. There will also be beer for sale.

The group is aiming for a family-friendly Pride with a “faith village” with affirming churches, LGBTQ storytime with kids from the Fountaindale Library, free face painting, free photo booth, yard games, a bouncy house, a DJ, 2 bands (Social Que and Redhorse), resource providers, vendors / artisans selling goods, and a trans clothing swap. There will even be trans makeup and hair demonstrations by Mikee from Razor’s Edge in Bolingbrook, and a yoga teacher giving a free community yoga lesson at 12:30 pm.

“Bolingbrook Pride has a strong focus on teens and families,” said planning co-chair Allaina Humphreys. “We believe Suburban Pride acceptance must come from a demonstration of similarity and solidarity with our non-LGBTQ neighbors and therefore we make our events open to the public. We seek out relationships with service and support organizations and businesses that support the LGBTQ community and support those already working towards inclusion and equality by promoting them within our community.”

The community joins a number of other Chicago area suburbs holding their own Pride celebrations during Pride month. Volunteers can sign up through a SignUp page. Businesses, organizations and people who want to sponsor the event can do so here.

The Facebook event is here, and the Eventbrite link is http://bbpridepicnic.eventbrite.com. Donations are  welcome at https://www.bolingbrookpride.org/

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