History of Northwest Arkansas Pride
In 2006, Northwest Arkansas saw its first official pride parade roll down Dickson Street. Prior to the 2006 parade, groups of local citizens organized various celebrations to unite the LGBTQ community and promote acceptance; these included small rallies, parades, picnics, and as early as 1975 - the Miss Gay Fayetteville Arkansas America pageant.
In 2007, NWA Pride, Inc. was formed by Ken Boyle, Joney Harper, and Norman Hadley to formally operate what's become an annual tradition. Growing from 200 participants and spectators to what is now a multi-day festival of events and Arkansas' largest LGBTQ Pride celebration.
In 2015, NWA Pride, Inc. merged with the NWA Center for Equality to share resources and better serve the growing local LGBTQ community. That merger resulted in the formation of the umbrella organization, Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc.