Langley is opening its arms to the LGBTQ community once again with a queer pride parade this weekend.
The 4th Annual Queer Pride Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13 at the parking lot adjacent to the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. The parade will follow the same loop as past parades, traveling along Sixth Street, Anthes Avenue, First Street, Cascade Avenue and ending where it began.
The parade is hosted by local organization Queer Pride on Whidbey and is meant to be inclusive to people who live outside binary gender and sexual identities. Queer is a common umbrella term encompassing many gender identities and sexual orientations that exist beyond cisgender (an individual who identifies with the sex of their birth) and heterosexuality, according to a press release.
Members of the LGBTQ community and its supporters, as well as local businesses and organizations supporting the inclusive movement are encouraged to participate by registering to walk or ride in the parade, the release said.
Pre-registration is available online at www.qpowhidbey.com/register, while day-of registration will also be available in the parking lot at 565 Camano Ave. Parade assembly begins at noon on Aug. 13. Registration and participation in the parade is free.