Pride is cancelled.  What now?

Our all-volunteer leadership team voted unanimously to cancel this event.  We want to gather when our entire community can feel safe and welcome.  We want to thank our community for all your engagement and support.  We look forward to breaking bread together again.

Annual Welcoming WNC Procession

People and Organizations Walking for a Vision of Welcoming and Equitable Community

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Thank you to all who signed up this year.  We know that some of you purchased tee shirts.  If you have pictures to share, please email them to

Individuals, Families, Friends

 Name # City
Heath4 to 6Mars Hill
Amanda1 to 3ASHEVILLE
Nancy7 to 10Asheville
Margaret21 or moreASHEVILLE
Brent11 to 20Arden
Andrew1 to 3Asheville
Jamie21 or moreAsheville
Frank4 to 6Asheville
Kimberly7 to 10Hendersonville
Dahmit11 to 20Asheville
Rada1 to 3Arden
Abigail11 to 20ASHEVILLE
Jonathan1 to 3Asheville
Karen11 to 20Arden
Alex7 to 10Asheville
Danielle1 to 3Cary
 Name # City

Companies & Organizations

 Organization / Community # City
Mars Hill United Methodist Church4 to 6Mars Hill
Wild Bodema7 to 10Asheville
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville (UUCA)21 or moreASHEVILLE
J.Crew11 to 20Arden
First Congregational United Church of Christ1 to 3Asheville
First Presbyterian Church of Asheville21 or moreAsheville
Carolina Jews for Justice4 to 6Asheville
Wingate University7 to 10Hendersonville
Beer City Sisters11 to 20Asheville
Central United Methodist Church1 to 3Asheville
Target11 to 20Arden
Bear's Smokehouse7 to 10Asheville
 Organization / Community # City

On Saturday, September 25, we will kick off the Annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival with a special procession leading to Pack Square Park.

This walk is open to everyone: individuals, families, friends, neighborhoods, churches, activist groups, social clubs, companies, sports teams. 

The majority of people and organizations in western North Carolina aspire to a community that is welcoming. This is a day for all who share a vision of inclusivity to make our aspirations seen and heard.

Join us as we walk to Pack Square and into the heart of the festival.  Whether you are a business, a group, a congregation, community, family, or a pack of friends join us on this half-mile walk. Let the world know that in WNC, we share a simple ideal: Inclusion, Ya’ll!

How to Participate

  • One person per team should register to walk. Estimate your number of walkers while registering (you can update later).

  • Gather your team. Wear your organization’s tee shirts, uniforms, hats, buttons. Create your own posters.  Need ideas? Our team is eager to help. (

  • Bring a sign or banner with your logo or an aspirational message.

  • Show up at between 9:00 am and 9:30 am at the parking lot across from 23 Grove Street, Asheville


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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | or For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.