GLBT Victoria ready for Coleto Creek pride event

  • IF YOU GO

  • WHAT: GLBT Victoria Pride

    WHEN: Noon-8 p.m. July 27

    WHERE: Coleto Creek Reservoir Park, 365 Coleto Park Road

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the GLBT Victoria Facebook page or call the group at 361-489-6690.

The Victoria Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender organization will celebrate its sixth annual pride event at Coleto Creek Reservoir on July 27.

A family-oriented event, GLBT Victoria plans to spend the day at the Coleto Creek park enjoying food, drinks, camaraderie and fun in the sun, said Flora Hernandez, the organization's president.

The idea is simple, Hernandez said - just have a good time and educate the community about GLBT life and issues.

"We'll pretty much just hang out there," Hernandez said.

Since its inaugural event in 2008 at Magnolia Beach, the event has lost some participation, but that has not discourage Hernandez. The first event was more party-festive, much like larger pride events in other cities.

Over time, the focus has changed to provide a more familial approach.

"It's just a friendly get together to come out and support the local GLBT community," she said. "Victoria has a very large community."

Entry into the park is $9 per car. Attendees are encouraged to bring their bathing suits, ice chests and other park-type gear.

"There is still some people who don't even know our group is in Victoria," Hernandez said. "It's just for everyone to come out and enjoy themselves and to feel comfortable."