Sonoma County group raises Pride flag ahead of parade and festival Saturday

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Organizers of the Sonoma County Pride parade and festival kicked off this weekend’s celebration with a flag-raising ceremony Thursday at Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa.

Along with the American flag, event organizers raised the Pride flag shortly before 11:30 a.m. on the pole atop the Rosenberg Building at Mendocino Avenue and 4th Street, across from the square.

Thursday’s commemoration precedes a host of local Pride events this month, including a parade and festival in downtown Santa Rosa on Saturday. It is the 38th year of local Pride celebrations, said Grace Villafuerte, vice president of Sonoma County Pride.

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