Pride Palooza Kicks Off in Binghamton

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 10, 2007 at 7:46 PM EST

An event celebrates and raises awareness about gay pride.

This Gay Pride Palooza was held in Binghamton.

It was at the Parlor City Commons on Washington and state streets.

The event was free and open to the public, and included lots of displays.

It also featured plenty of live music and food.

It's sponsored by the Southern Tier AIDS program and Binghamton Pride Coalition.

The event was meant as a celebration of the lesbian, gay and transgender community.

But it also hopes to educate people.

"This is really an opportunity for folks to see us and to see who we are and that we're here and an opportunity to reach out and be in community with us," said organizer Miller Jen Hoffman.

Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan was also at the festival.

He dubbed June as Gay Pride Month in the City of Binghamton.

Earlier this month, Ryan raised the Gay Pride flag in front of City Hall.

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