As July approaches, many Castro Valley citizens will be pulling out a different kind of flag – a rainbow one. Castro Valley Pride is holding its fourth annual pride event July 12 at Castro Valley High School.
The festivities this year will include food trucks, vendors, and live entertainment at the CVHS north Redwood Road parking lot. The community can peruse booths hosted by local small businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as sit down and enjoy performers and speakers in the sunshine or shaded areas.
Billy Bradford, head of Castro Valley Pride, says the celebration helps create a more inclusive community.
“Putting on a ‘Pride’ event is not easy, but we feel that it is important for our neighbors to get to know us and understand who we are,” he said.
Castro Valley Pride has regularly participated in community events such as the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade. The pride event first occurred in 2011, and has drawn hundreds of local residents.
The event will be held from 12 pm to 5 pm, and is welcome to all in support.
“We are good people and we will shine our rainbows all day long,” said Bradford. “It’s going to be a great day!”