Pride Parade winners announced

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The 2011 Utah Pride Festival was the largest on record attracting nearly 28,000 people to Salt Lake City for the festival, according to the Utah Pride Center. With exactly 100 entries, the Pride Parade nearly reached the 127 entries of last year’s Days of ’47 Parade.

“Rounding the corner to the long stretch of the parade route was so overwhelming,” said Valerie Larabee, executive director for the Utah Pride Center, in a press release. “I will never forget the way I felt seeing our city streets flooded with throngs of LGBTQ and allied people beaming with support and pride.”

Top honors for the Utah Pride Parade entries went to The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps, the Salt Lake Men’s Choir, SLUG Magazine and Club Try-Angles. Other notable winners were the Utah Gay Fathers Association and MediaOne Utah.

“We applaud all participants for their courage and creativity, and congratulate this year’s winners,” said Logan Brueck, the parade director, in a press release. “I am so proud of all the groups for their dedication and hard work.”

Here’s a complete list of the winners:

Best Overall:
The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Salt Lake City

Marching / Walking:
1.       The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Salt Lake City
2.       Queer Utah Aquatic Club (QUAC)
3.       Salt Lake Acting Company

Nonprofit / Organization Float:
1.       The Salt Lake Men’s Choir
2.       University of Utah LGBT Resource Center
3.       Path

Corporate Float:
1.       SLUG Magazine
2.       Urban Utah Homes & Estates
3.       American Express

Bar Float:
1.       Club Try-Angles
2.       Squatters Pubs & Beers
3.       Metro Bar

1.       MediaOne Utah
2.       Park City Television
3.       The Gay Hot Spot
New Entry Award:
Utah Gay Fathers Association

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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