Colorful, proud day at Rec Complex |

Colorful, proud day at Rec Complex

More than 1,000 people attended the Women’s Multicultural Pride Day at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex on Saturday.

Pride Day, which was hosted by the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, offered myriad events ranging from cultural dancing performances to puppet shows.

“It was mostly geared for the kids, so we had a lot of families come out,” said Tammi Utzig, a legal advocate at the Women’s Center. “We’re pleased with the turnout.”

Smokey The Bear, firefighters, mounted police officers and canine units also came out to greet children who attended the event. The South Lake Tahoe Explorers, youths who volunteer for law enforcement agencies, were on hand to provide free fingerprinting for children for identification records.

Prizes, such as a bicycle, cruises on the Woodwind sailboat and massages, were given away in a raffle.

After an afternoon of fun, participants with grumbling stomachs ate from a variety of cultural palates including Mexican, Phillipino and American cuisine.

“We had a great time,” said Denise Hinckley, who attended the event with her husband and 10-year-old son. “And it was all free, even the food.”

Funding for Women’s Pride Day came from a maternal and child health grant, according Utzig of the Women’s Center.

“We we’re to put on an event for the community with the grant money,” she said. “So we thought the multicultural pride day would be best.

“We have a very diverse community and it really showed here,” she said.

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