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PHOTOS: Diverse crowd finds entertaining time in Salem Pride celebration

A crowd watches drag performers during the Salem Pride celebration on State Street on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Local organizers staged a Salem Pride event on Saturday, June 11, in downtown Salem.

The event included a group yoga session on a closed stretch of State Street, a walking parade through downtown, and then street performances by drag entertainers.

“We want to celebrate inclusivity and diversity in the Willamette Valley as a whole for the queer community,” said Aaron Naden, one of the event planners.

Page Huang (left) and Emily Huang participate in the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

A crowd watches drag performers during the Salem Pride celebration on State Street on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

A crowd watches drag performers during the Salem Pride celebration on State Street on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

A crowd watches drag performers during the Salem Pride celebration on State Street on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Arianna and Letty Oliva join a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Sue Koger (left), Lynne Phillips and Mara Kelley join a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Sisters Jewell Stanley (left) and Judy Bacher were part of a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Victoria Reynolds was part a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

William Schumacher (left), Ash Woodward and Joseph Mekeel take part in the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Clayton Riley of Flowers in the Alley participates in the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

A crowd watches drag performers during the Salem Pride celebration on State Street on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

A crowd watches drag performers during the Salem Pride celebration on State Street on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

A crowd watches drag performers during the Salem Pride celebration on State Street on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

A crowd watches drag performers during the Salem Pride celebration on State Street on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

A crowd watches drag performers during the Salem Pride celebration on State Street on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Trivia Downer (left), Kristabel Downer and dog Runner join a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

State Street in downtown Salem turned into a yoga clinic during the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

Downtown Salem saw a large gathering for the Salem Pride celebration on Saturday, June 11. (LAURA TESLER/Special to Salem Reporter)

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