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Drag queens, line dancers, progressive pastors and politicians--once a year all kinds of folks from all over North Carolina fill the streets to celebrate diversity and openness. The 21st annual NORTH CAROLINA PRIDE PARADE begins at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Durham, starting from Duke University's East Campus. That's the highlight of a weekend full of events around the Triangle, including concerts, drink specials, kids events and drag bingo. As always, the pride parade both celebrates the advances lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people have made and rallies support to combat discrimination against them. It's also just a big ol' party that everybody can enjoy. Make sure to wave to the newly crowned Queen of the Triangle, Miss Genea L'Tate, at American Tobacco's Big Top celebration Friday night from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. Paper Hand Puppet Intervention will be present as well. For full schedule, check out www.ncpride.org.

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