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Big Sky Pride kicks off with glitter and glam

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HELENA, Mont.,-Big Sky Pride is kicking off its 25th LGBT+ celebration this weekend.

There are hundreds of Pride-centered festivities going on this weekend in the Capitol City. Theres parades, rallies, drag shows and more. This years Pride celebration scene is drastically different than when the gay community ventured to rally support for their cause 25 years ago.

"In Montana you're dealing with - in the time that we've had Pride, we've gone from a point where we've had one official speak at Pride and we had city employees throw things at her to now literally everyone in the city is lining up to be a part of it, said Kev Hamm, President of Big Sky Pride.

Governor Bullock and Mayor Wilmot Collins are among the keynote speakers this weekend. Members of the LGBT community say, especially in a politically driven town like Helena, it's important the Pride agenda remains on the legislative forefront.

"It
s nice to see, economically and politically, that this is a community that has a presence and deserves to be recognized for what they contribute back. I mean we are consumers, we're customers, and were voters," said Nik Griffith, a Pride Volunteer.  

Theyre expecting a couple of thousand people to crowd into downtown Helena, with more than 300 people marching in the pride parade tomorrow. Organizers have endeavored to make this a family friendly event.

"Its not just about everything that happens at night, but its the whole day and embracing all of the age groups that are part of our community," said Griffith.

The celebration's stomping grounds rotate to a different Montana city every year. Organizers, Hamm and Griffith are happy to bring the celebration back to their hometowns. However, they say they've felt support statewide.

 "Across the state, how many people are showing up and turning out for that, it really shows that there is a large support base here, not only of people who are a part of that community, but their friends and family too," said Griffith.  

The Big Sky Pride welcome party starts tonight at Lewis and Clark Brewery. The celebration swings through Sunday with a Pride baseball game with the Helena Brewers.

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