Pride draws around 200 to Flat Rock Park

This year’s CV Pride event, held Saturday in Flat Rock Park, included drag performances, kid’s activities and more than 200 attendees.

That number fits with the historical average of the event, which typically draws between 200-300 people, said one of the organizers. But this year begins something new, said Melvin Moore, CV Pride Inc.’s public relations director.

The group, which supports the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, said it is expanding its operations, becoming year-round.

“I want to turn it into a force in the community,” Moore said.

After retiring from the military, Moore moved to Columbus last year. When he joined as CV Pride’s public “face,” he saw an opportunity to expand its offering beyond a single calendar day.

Moore has been working on grants and preparing the group’s next event — hopefully for early next year. He said the only way to move forward is to grow.

"I want them to see we have churches, social groups that care about the community,” Moore said. “There is no difference between a heterosexual and a homosexual.”

He plans to make next year’s pride even bigger, with more performers from more places.

But this year’s pride had its own successes, with a line-up of performers that included Dylan Michaels, Buddie Pachino and others; and groups such as the Georgia Benefits Counsel and the Stonewall Bar Association.

Moore said he hadn’t known what kind of crowd to expect for the event. He was happy with the turnout, including the number of allies — straight, pro-LGBT rights community members.

“It’s nice to see people from all walks of life,” he said.