In a year that has seen heated political debate over the issue of same-sex marriage, the annual Cedar Rapids Pride Fest, where rainbow-striped pride flags seemed to wave from every corner of Green Square Park, went off without a hitch, its organizers said.
Cedar Rapids Unity, formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Resource Center of Cedar Rapids, organized the event to celebrate diversity in the community, its members said. The festival has drawn small groups of protesters in the past, but none were present on Saturday afternoon, said Trish Varnum, president of the group.
The festival wasn’t a political event, said Matty Smith, a regional organizer for the gay rights advocacy group One Iowa. It was more “like a giant high school get together.”
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