Downtown Seward, Alaska is seen on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Downtown Seward, Alaska is seen on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Mayor declares ‘Seward pride weekend’

A bonfire, a hike to Exit Glacier and a barbeque at Bronson Pavilion are all among the LGBTQ pride festivities planned for this weekend in Seward as part of Seward Pride Weekend, hosted by the Seward Pride Alliance.

According to a schedule of events shared with the Seward City Council by the Seward Pride Alliance during the council’s Monday night meeting, the celebration will begin with a bonfire at Wellington Pavilion Beach Front Slab on Friday evening and end with a barbeque at Branson Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. Other activities include a “Rainbows Over Resurrection Bay” cruise with Kenai Fjords Tours and a Sunday worship service at Seward United Methodist Church.

The stated mission of the Seward Pride Alliance is “To provide Seward with inclusive resources, education, and outreach that fosters a strong, engaged community of LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies.”

Seward Mayor Christy Terry formally proclaimed this weekend “Seward Pride Weekend” via legislation that, among other things, acknowledges the discrimination experienced by LGBTQ people and highlights the contributions of the Seward Pride Alliance to the Seward community.

“We recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically, and in doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable future,” the legislation says.

More information about the Seward Pride Alliance and about this weekend’s activities can be found at

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