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Pridefest returns Sunday

— With signature rainbow-colored flags and outfits, games and even a drag queen competition, the Methow Valley Pridefest makes its return Sunday.

For three years, valley residents and visitors have advocated and celebrated rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“Winthrop is looking forward to the event,” Winthrop Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Kristen Smith said. “It is another great family-friendly event for locals and visitors to our great town.”

This year’s celebration comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s designation of June 2014 as National LGBT Pride Month.

The march kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at the west end of the foot bridge downtown.

The march leads to Mac Lloyd Park, next to the Winthrop Barn at 51 state Highway 20. Event-goers are asked to bring their own picnic lunch, but the rest of the entertainment is provided – music from K-Root, hula hooping, lawn games, bowl painting hosted by Room One, spray-on tattoos and more.

There will also be a king and queen drag race, with prizes provided by several local businesses.

For those who can’t make it, Pridefest is hosting an online video contest. Entrants are being asked to “grab your faux fur jacket, camera phone, heels… lock the doors, lower the blinds” and film a video to the song “Let’s Have a Kiki” by The Scissor Sisters.

Submissions are due by 7 p.m. Friday to the Methow Valley Pridefest Twitter or Facebook pages.

The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to a business in Twisp.

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