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Photos: Alaska PrideFest's annual parade

Kathryn Berkowitz takes in the pride week parade in downtown Anchorage, June 9, 2012.
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Celebrating Diversity Pride Week Parade 2012 Grand Marshal Trevor Storrs. June 9, 2012
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Kamilah Brangan and her dog Zero participate in the Celebrating Diversity parade June 9, 2012.
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Front Runners float at the Pride Week parade 2012. June 9, 2012
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Dan Bollerud, pastor at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, and Martin Eldred, pastor at Joy Lutheran Church, participate in the Celebrating Diversity parade, June 9, 2012.
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Daphne DoAll LaChores emceed drag queen bingo, held June 7, 2012 at Snow City Cafe.
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Jay Her sells split the pot tickets during drag queen bingo, held June 7, 2012 at Snow City Cafe.
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Legendary spenard stripper Pillow, left, and Lynn Cragholm, 78, play at drag queen bingo, held June 7, 2012 at Snow City Cafe.
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Alexis Kellie does the makeup for bingo winner Anthony Maly during drag queen bingo, held June 7, 2012 at Snow City Cafe. All the winners were dressed in drag.
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Bingo winner Anthony Maly works the crowd for tips during drag queen bingo, held June 7, 2012 at Snow City Cafe.
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Emcee Daphne DoAll LaChores reads out bingo numbers during drag queen bingo, held June 7, 2012 at Snow City Cafe.
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One of the kickoff events for Pride Week was lube wrestling, sponsored by the Last Frontier Men's Club and hosted at the Raven bar. The event raised $1560 for Identity, Inc, a GLBTA non-profit. June 6, 2012.
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One of the kickoff events for Pride Week was lube wrestling, sponsored by the Last Frontier Men's Club and hosted at the Raven bar. The event raised $1560 for Identity, Inc, a GLBTA non-profit. June 6, 2012.
Loren Holmes photo
One of the kickoff events for Pride Week was lube wrestling, sponsored by the Last Frontier Men's Club and hosted at the Raven bar. The event raised $1560 for Identity, Inc, a GLBTA non-profit. June 6, 2012.
Loren Holmes photo
One of the kickoff events for Pride Week was lube wrestling, sponsored by the Last Frontier Men's Club and hosted at the Raven bar. The event raised $1560 for Identity, Inc, a GLBTA non-profit. June 6, 2012.
Loren Holmes photo
One of the kickoff events for Pride Week was lube wrestling, sponsored by the Last Frontier Men's Club and hosted at the Raven bar. The event raised $1560 for Identity, Inc, a GLBTA non-profit. June 6, 2012.
Loren Holmes photo
One of the kickoff events for Pride Week was lube wrestling, sponsored by the Last Frontier Men's Club and hosted at the Raven bar. The event raised $1560 for Identity, Inc, a GLBTA non-profit. June 6, 2012.
Loren Holmes photo
One of the kickoff events for Pride Week was lube wrestling, sponsored by the Last Frontier Men's Club and hosted at the Raven bar. The event raised $1560 for Identity, Inc, a GLBTA non-profit. June 6, 2012.
Loren Holmes photo
One of the kickoff events for Pride Week was lube wrestling, sponsored by the Last Frontier Men's Club and hosted at the Raven bar. The event raised $1560 for Identity, Inc, a GLBTA non-profit. June 6, 2012.
Loren Holmes photo
Loren Holmes

Photos by Loren Holmes | Story by Eric Adams

Alaska PrideFest culminated Saturday morning with the annual parade through downtown Anchorage. The parade was a poignant one after a challenging year for the queer community in Alaska’s largest city.

Last year’s parade was canceled after a city public health department worker was accidentally run over just as the parade began -- an accident that killed him and cast a pallor over what’s typically one of the most festive weekends of the year in Anchorage.

This year also saw Anchorage’s GLBT community and its allies organize and rally around Proposition 5, a contentious equal-rights municipal ballot measure that was defeated in April.

These and other challenges were perhaps catalyst for the heightened sense of community and camaraderie that accompanied this year’s parade and subsequent festival, Saturday afternoon, at the Delaney Park Strip downtown. Several community groups, nonprofits and businesses took part in the parade, with hundreds in attendance.

The 2012 Alaska PrideFest parade theme was “Celebrating Diversity,” and the parade’s grand marshal was Trevor Storrs, executive director of the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (Four A’s) and a very public face for the Anchorage GLBT community. Storrs was the primary spokesperson for the coalition of community groups and local businesses that endorsed Proposition 5.

Annual PrideFest events formally conclude on Sunday with religious services at a nondenominational church in Midtown Anchorage and a barbecue at the state’s best-known gay hangout, Mad Myrna’s:

1 p.m. Pride Ecumenical Service - St. Mary's Episcopal Church (2222 E. Tudor Rd., Anchorage)

  • Come celebrate at a GLBT-friendly church where all means all. Free event. All ages.

4 p.m. Wind-up BBQ - Mad Myrna's, downtown Anchorage

  • Myrna's is providing all the fixins, salad included. Bring your meat or veggie burger for the grill. Free event. 21+