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Updated: 05/05/2014 08:00:01AM

A day of pride

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Bill Herrera, of Punta Gorda, flies a rainbow flag while wearing a rainbow hat at Pride Fest at Laishley Park Sunday. Herrera and his wife own a local business in the city. The couple set up a booth at the second annual festival.

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A rainbow flag, long the symbol of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender unity, flies at Laishley Park Sunday during Pride Fest.

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Charlotte County Pride president Carrie Egbert, right, and her partner Terie Mallia, both of Port Charlotte, enjoy some sun during Pride Fest at Laishley Park on Sunday.
The event was postponed Saturday due to inclement weather.

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The second annual Pride Fest did not have the attendance like the event held in 2013, because the festival was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to weather. But that didn't stop several individuals from coming out to Laishley Park. Pictured from left are Donovan Richardson, 22, Port Charlotte, Leslie Magee, 28, North Port, Melissa Clauson, 39, Port Charlotte, and Tracy Banks, 49, of Englewood.

By PAUL FALLON

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PUNTA GORDA — Punta Gorda resident Erica Raffel is proud of the fact that Punta Gorda council members passed a citywide domestic partner registry, but she is not resting on her laurels.

Raffel, along with members of two gay rights organizations in the county, will soon begin pushing the county to follow suit, she said.

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