Taylor kicks off first official Pride event in Williamson County

Williamson County

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — With the nation celebrating Pride Month for the LGBTQ community, Taylor is holding its own event for the first time Saturday.

City of Taylor to host first official Pride event in Williamson County June 26, 2021 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
City of Taylor to host first official Pride event in Williamson County June 26, 2021 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

We caught up with organizers on Friday afternoon setting up for the event. It will be the first official Pride event in Williamson County.

The idea took off after organizers started a Facebook group during the pandemic.

With last year’s event in Austin put on hold, the idea to do something on their own gained momentum in Taylor.

“It’s a huge deal. I mean, this is Taylor’s coming out party. The support has been amazing,” said Denise Rodgers, event organizer, on Friday.

On Saturday as Pride events were kicking off, protesters against the event gathered, dressed in neon green t-shirts.

About 30 volunteers with the Pride support group Parasol Patrol lined streets downtown to shield children and any event attendees from the protesters and their signs. According to the organization’s website, volunteers also provide hearing protection to muffle anything the protesters may be saying to attendees.

  • Parasol Patrol volunteers help to shield kids and attendees of Taylor's inaugural Pride event from protesters against the event June 26, 2021 (KXAN Photo/Tahera Rahman)
  • Parasol Patrol volunteers help to shield kids and attendees of Taylor's inaugural Pride event from protesters against the event June 26, 2021 (KXAN Photo/Tahera Rahman)
  • Parasol Patrol volunteers help to shield kids and attendees of Taylor's inaugural Pride event from protesters against the event June 26, 2021 (KXAN Photo/Tahera Rahman)

Events started in downtown Taylor at 2 p.m. There will be live music and drag queen performances at four venues in downtown Taylor. Request tickets online here.

If you want to take part in Austin’s Pride event, that will happen this August.

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