On June 17, Naples hosted its first-ever Pride with over 5,000 people in attendance, reports the Rainbow Pages.

Its “We Are ONE” theme encouraged unity and a continued fight for equal rights.

Naples Pride president Cori Craciun said, “Collier County has made great strides in recognizing LGBTQ issues, but there is still a long way to go. We felt a momentum building and realized it was time for Naples to have its first Pride. It is long overdue.”

Speakers at the event included Naples Mayor Bill Barnett and married duo Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle Melton.

Wambach is a FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Doyle Melton is a NY Times best-selling author, as well as a speaker and philanthropist.

Other features at the event included performances by the Gay & Lesbian Chorus and the SWFL Burlesque Alliance, over 50 vendors, and a number of LGBTQ-focused nonprofit organizations.

According to Michelle Pirre, Tourism Sales Assistant for the Naples Marco Island Everglades Convention & Visitors Beureau, the CVB is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and hopes to get more active with LGBTQ+ travel in the near future.

“Naples Pride is set for next year, June 2nd at Cambier Park, still pending city council but they don’t think there will be a problem,” says Pirre.  “Ongoing fund raisers for the event will be going on through the year, starting this month.”

Click here for more information about upcoming fundraising efforts.

Read the Rainbow Pages article here.