- Published: Friday, August 28 2015
- Written by Diversity Richmond
by Shannon McKay
It has been said many times that it takes a village to raise young people. I certainly love the idea and believe it to be true. Virginia Pride created RVA Youth Pride Village to show our young people and their families that they are supported, celebrated, and loved!
On one end of Brown's Island there is a large concrete circle that was once used to be used as an emergency helipad-now it is the location of RVA Youth Pride Village with activity tents going around the circle, dancing and performances happening on the circle, and great entertainment on our stage presented by Genworth. This location is perfect with the added bonus of the beautiful downtown RVA as our backdrop.
As the lead on this project, it was my goal to make sure RVA Youth Pride Village is inclusive of all people of all ages. This year we have some activities including a photo booth, balloon animal workshops, hoop dancing, drag performances, lip sync contest, a community art mural project. We are also bringing back some favorites from last year, such as wood working, henna and face painting, Jonathan Austin, Susan Greenbaum, and a dance party.
Check out our entertainment lineup at www.vapride.org and make your plans now to join us for the festival on Brown's Island September 12th 12-8pm!