SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. - The inaugural Santa Ynez Valley Pride celebration kicks off Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Solvang.
The celebration will begin at Dana V. Wines' tasting room and outdoor patio in Solvang.
It will include a DJ, drag queens, and a cabaret by local resident Billy Hurbaugh.
The Pride celebration will feature a host of community-wide events.
The celebration is organized by SYV Pride, a nonprofit launched in 2021 by Executive Director/CEO Golzar Meamar, owner of All Purpose Flower Fine Catering & Events in Solvang.
Meamar's aim is to provide a safe, supportive, and empowering home for the local LGBTQIA+ community in the Santa Ynez Valley.
On Saturday, the SYV Pride parade will roll through downtown Solvang at 11 a.m.
There will be floats, a Pride march, music, and more, ending with Pride Fest at Solvang Park from noon to 5 p.m.
Special guests and speakers will also take the stage.
The following day, on Sunday, an all-ages Drag Brunch will take place at Solvang’s newest eatery and entertainment venue, Corque Crafthouse & Kitchen, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Organizers say they are excited about this event, as this is the first time that Pride has been celebrated here in Solvang.
They say a large LGBTQ+ community has never been recognized or celebrated.
The city of Solvang gave the organization a proclamation that the month of June is officially to be Pride Month.