I applaud the folks involved in the annual Pride Charlotte celebration festival which was held this past Saturday. Some of my favorite things about living in the greater Charlotte area are its annual ethnic celebrations which give people pride in themselves and the inviting outreach which these celebrations offer to the community. I believe these festivals offer the opportunity for us to grow as individuals and dispel those demons of prejudice which are often too apparent in our young people and their parents. Once again, congratulations on celebrating diversity throughout the year. Great job!