By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
1:13 PM EDT, July 11, 2014
Organizers of Baltimore Pride, which occurred last month in a new location for the first time in years, will host a town hall meeting to hear feedback on the changes from members of the public.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 23 in the Mason Lord Room of the Waxter Center, home of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore, which organizes and hosts Pride each year.
Kelly Neel, the group's interim executive director, said in an email that the goal of the meeting is "to explain the process behind facilitating a major Pride event and its challenges, and to hear feedback from the community about what worked this time around and what didn't."
Pride this summer was moved north along North Charles Street to an area known for Artscape and near Penn Station after police and neighbors in Mount Vernon -- the event's traditional home -- complained of uncontrolled crowds in years past.
The new location was used for the Saturday parade and block party and for the Sunday festival, which usually takes place in Druid Hill Park.
The changes turned an open-air drinking party into a more controlled environment, where drinkers had to consume alcohol in designated beer gardens.
Some attendees said they missed the old atmosphere.
Neel said in addition to the town hall meeting, the GLCCB is also in the process of completing a report on this year's Pride, and how the changes panned out.
In addition to chatting about Pride, Neel said members of the GLCCB are also hoping the town hall meeting will bring out people interested in helping with Pride in future years.
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