Residents celebrate 15th annual El Paso Sun City Pridefest Block Party


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Pride Month festivities continued this weekend as El Pasoans celebrated the 15th annual Sun City Pridefest Block Party.

Participants visited the Raves Club, at 6816 Commerce Ave for Saturday’s festivities.

The 18-and-over event featured music and drag performances, local vendors, food trucks and some new amenities for guests to enjoy, including two stages for performers, one indoor and one outdoor, and a VIP section.

The event’s lineup included drag show performances, including Alexis Mateo from RuPaul’s Drag Race. El Paso DJ Johnny Kage performed at the event.

The block party is one of many events to make its return after it was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Carlos Salais, co-director of the event with El Paso Sun City Pride, said it’s time for El Pasoans to start reunifying as one.

“Right now the best that we can do is try to move forward as normal as we can, but, of course, with those precautions that we need to follow,” Salais said. “LGBTQI and pride is basically about acceptance and what have to accept and respect each other.”

COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines were followed and hand sanitizing stations were also available at the block party.

El Paso Sun City Pride has more planned events throughout the rest of the summer and will provide updates on its website.

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