SALISBURY, N.C. — A gay Pride event has been denied a permit to stage its festivities the Salisbury Post reported.

In 2011, 2,000 attendees and 200 protesters gathered for the first Pride event held in this lower Piedmont town.

Organizers wanted to secure the 100 block of E. Fisher St., as it had last year, but were told no due to safety concerns.

Police Chief Rory Collins did share that he “would grant the request under certain circumstances.” Suggested would be a partnership with a private property owner in the downtown area to use a parking lot that could be secured to deter the mingling of protesters with event participants.

Already, some suggestions were recommended and if they use private property they do not have to secure a permit to host the event.

The organizers’ Facebook page stated that an announcement was forthcoming.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.