Hundreds gather in downtown Helena for Big Sky Pride return

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Montana’s Pride week culminated in the Montana Pride Drag Show on Friday night and the Big Sky Pride Parade on Saturday in downtown Helena.

THOM BRIDGE and GARY MARSHALL

Hundreds gathered in downtown Helena’s Anchor Park on Saturday for the culmination of this year’s Big Sky Pride festivities.

Advocates, allies, politicians and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from all over the state celebrated the strides made in human rights and acknowledged the work still to be done.

“The human experience is absolutely unlimited,” said Patrick Boise, a member of the board of directors for Missoula’s The Center, an LGBTQ community center. “Seeing this experience, how it defies norms, gives them (LGBTQ youth) the sense that they can be and achieve anything.”

Scenes from the Big Sky Pride parade and rally in downtown Helena on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Boise said this kind of visibility generates a true sense of community and belonging.

The Pride festivities centered around human rights causes, but other

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