Drag Queens Daphne and Diva of the Glamazons lead the schedule of events. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

Honorable Mayors of Springfield and Eugene, Christine Lundberg and Lucy Vinis, recite a speech together, announcing August 11th the official Pride Day in the two cities. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The center of the pin spins to indicate the wearer’s preferred pronouns. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

Todd Lawver shows off his rainbow glitter beard for Pride. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

Guests of the Pride Festival leave encouraging notes for the next person. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

Not only were there lots of people, but also lots of dogs celebrating Pride in the park. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Farce Family on the main stage at the Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

A member of the Farce Family performers. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

A member of the Farce Family performers. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The scepter of the future Emerald Empire Empress and other regalia behind it sit just beyond the voting booths as people nominate their favorite drag royalty. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

Two pride balloons drift up, up and away from the Walmart vendor stall. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

Two “out-of-towners” sharing an umbrella in the Saturday heat. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

A little one dances to the music in a rainbow twirler. The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

The Pride Festival boasts a large and colorful crowd of friends, families, vendors and performers in Alton Baker Park August 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

 

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Photojournalist and Sex and Relationships columnist

Dana is a photojournalist specializing in long-format storytelling — particularly regarding gender and social justice topics. She is the Daily Emerald Sex and Relationships columnist. This is her third year at the Emerald.


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