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Make a Fabulous Noise @ Parking lot of Post Office
Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The theme is “Make a Fabulous Noise,” meaning healthy, confident, exuberant, imaginative and secure, because we strive to live in a world where all individuals can contribute fully and equally without imposed preconceptions of brokenness or negative stereotypes.   No child should be given a message, violently or otherwise, that their life is not worth living.  We dedicate our parade, our celebration of life and the highest expression of our talents as a commitment to raise a higher standard for our community, a commitment to build trust, express gratitude for our differences,  demonstrate loyalty to the common welfare of our community, show consistent and unwavering love of neighbor and self, and to find the best in each other to assure healthy and productive lives especially for our youth.

Marching band members from North Carolina and Virginia high schools are scheduled to help “Make a Fabulous Noise” a memorable first time experience for the parade.  Regional LGBT activist, Joshua Olinger will lead the music for dancing and the telling of his personal story in original compositions at the Farmers Market Pavilion from 4:00 until 5 PM.  Josh is the Human Services Director and Diversity Camp Director at the Roanoke Diversity Center, a Project Specialist at The Drop-In Center, a program of the Council of Community Services.  He is a singer/songwriter performing acoustic and alternative pop/rock cover songs and other original works.

For more information contact Jim Best 276-734-5544 voice and text.

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Pavilion Concert @ Farmers Market Pavilion
Jun 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Joshua Olinger is the Human Services and Diversity Camp Director at the Roanoke Diversity Center, a Project Specialist at The Drop-In Center through the Council of Community Services, and accomplished singer/songwriter, performing acoustic and alternative pop/rock original and cover songs.


Among the many programs sponsored by the Roanoke Diversity Center, Josh founded the Diversity Summer Camp to offer educational, health related and recreational experiences for LGBT youth throughout southwest Virginia.  This year’s camp begins June 13 and continues through the 18th with all the activities of a traditional summer camp but with a focus on honesty, safety, celebration and welcoming of the individual differences for gender nonconforming youth, families and allies.   Craig Springs was founded in 1888 by the Disciples of Christ near Newcastle, Virginia, where up-to-date dining, rooming and recreational facilities are now provided by professional staff.  A short video of last year’s camp is available at
      In the same spirit of celebration, Floyd PFLAG welcomes Josh to share his message of wholeness, healing, gratitude for life and hope for expanding LGBT inclusion for our local LGBT youth.
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An Evening with Gershwin @ Floyd Center of the Arts
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets Online:
Adults: $25.00 Students: $15.00
Tickets at the door:
Adults: $30.00 Students: $20.00

Evening with Gershwin



Program Notes:

Join soprano, Kari Paludan, pianist, Wes McCune and Floyd PFLAG for “An Evening With Gershwin”. This cabaret-style song recital showcases the charm and humor that epitomize George and his brother, Ira, and includes many of their beloved favorites, some new takes on the classics and a few musical surprises. Called “a season highlight” and “delightful”, the show has bowed at the National Gallery of Art, the Harman Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC, the Illinois Governor’s mansion and in multiple venues up and down the East Coast.  In it, Kari and Wes share the stories behind the songs and why the Gershwins are beloved by musicians and audiences throughout the world. 

More about the performers.

This benefit performance supports the annual Floyd PFLAG donation of 25 library books from the Rainbow List of the American Library Association to The Montgomery – Floyd Regional Library and helps fund the $1,000 scholarship for a high school senior in Floyd County exemplifying leadership for LGBT inclusion.

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