Photos: Ridgefield’s Pride in the Park draws crowds: ‘They are valued and cared about’

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RIDGEFIELD — The colors of the rainbow were seen all over Ballard Park Saturday as the town held its third Pride in the Park celebration, a release said.

The event has grown from 200 people its first year in 2019 to about 1,000 this year, said co-organizer Alisa Trachtenberg, a Ridgefield resident.

Activities and games held throughout the day included face painting, potato sack races, hula hoops, twister, corn hole, and a Rainbow Family Storytime.

Ridgefield’s Poet Laureate Barb Jennes hosted a Pride Poetry station and helped participants write an acrostic poem using the letters of the word “Pride” to start each line.

Also, Adam Broderick’s Hair Flair station coiffed and styled hair with dazzling sparkly rainbows.

There was also a a yoga session led by Grow Wellness in Ridgefield, an obstacle course and lessons on the art and power of palm strikes (aka board breaking with a single blow) led by SDSS Martial Arts of Ridgefield and “clowns” making balloon animals.

“Ridgefield CT Pride is working to ensure that all of Ridgefield’s LGBTQ-plus community members, allies, family and friends know they are valued and cared about, not just one day a year, but every day…Pride Saves Lives,” Trachtenberg said.