Seattle’s homosexual pride celebration was unsustainable last year. After the celebration at the Seattle Center, organizers said they were $100,000 in the red, bankrupt.
As a result of the deficit, this year’s celebration went unplanned until six weeks ago. “There’s a lot of opinions out there and I think there’s a lot of people who thought this couldn’t be pulled off in six and a half weeks. And we pulled this off,” said the festival director.
This year, parade participants carried laundry baskets and fishing nets to collect donations from onlookers to pay the bills for the parade and party.
The organizer, Seattle Out and Proud, is working out a payment plan with the city attorney’s office to pay back the debt from last year’s event.
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