‘It’s going to be amazing’: Montana Pride to celebrate 30 years

Nolan Lister

Montana Pride is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary July 30-Aug. 6 with events at locations across Helena, culminating in the annual parade Aug. 5.

“Downtown is going to be packed,” Montana Pride President Kevin Hamm said. “It’ll look like every rainbow in the world is converging on Helena.”

With a federal judge on Friday issuing a temporary block to House Bill 359, which barred minors from attending drag performances, Montana Pride event organizers said the shows will go on.

“It’s going to be amazing,” Hamm said of the parade.

Hamm said at this time last year, the parade had between 15 and 20 participating groups. This year’s parade already boasts more than 45 registered participants.

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The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. 5 and will head south on Last Chance Gulch from the intersection of Helena and Neill avenues to Anchor Park.

The Pride Rally is set to begin at noon in Anchor Park following the parade. Community leaders will give speeches, and attendees will also find a slew of vendors and educators.

Many Pride happenings are slated for the week leading up

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