People wave rainbow flags high at Iowa City Pride

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - People flew their rainbow flags high Saturday at Iowa City Pridefest.

The group that organized the event has a mission statement that says their goal is to build community and acceptance through events that celebrate diversity.

At the event a character called The Babadook held a sign saying "not as scary as budget cuts." The Babadook is featured in a scary movie with the same name, but now it's become an icon to the LGBTQ community.

The event also had plenty of booth set up one was a church showing its support.

"We feel very strongly that people hear of the negatives or the un-accepting messages that are out there and we accept everyone for who they are," Marilyn Calkins said.

The Faith United Church of Christ says it was one of the first open and accepting churches in Iowa City.

Another booth had a group called the I.C. Kings. They were drag kings instead of drag queens and perform at Studio 13 in Iowa City. They say their shows add more inclusiveness to the night scene in town.