TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — Tybee Island’s fourth annual Equality Fest is happening this weekend. The event is all about bringing people together to celebrate their differences. 

“This is a big deal, this really, really is a big deal,” said Julia Pearce, the event’s Grand Marshal.

For the first time, the progress flag is flying on the island ahead of this weekend’s Tybee Equality Fest, its colors recognizing the trans community, people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

“This progress flag is so much more than just rainbow it’s also about people of color and the trans community and honoring and respecting everyone, so we can come together as a group and love each other,” the fest’s founder, Angie Celeste Snow said. 

It marks important progress on the island, a place where not everyone was always treated equally.

“That’s the message of equality, you come out, support one another, we all need one another, we all need one another,” Pearce said. 

A lot has changed since the days of fighting for racial equality during Tybee’s wade in protest in the 1960s but organizers say there’s still more to do.

“We are always just working together to be community and be love and try to record the history and the things that have happened on Tybee and to be part of the future,” Celeste Snow said.

Pearce also serves as the coordinator for Tybee Island MLK. She said the weekend is about recognizing the progress that has been made.

“Proud of our city council, proud of them passing a Race Equity Resolution in 2020, I’m proud of ‘em, proud of Tybee MLK, proud of our workers that make a difference,” Pearce said. 

Event organizers said this festival is all about recognizing Tybee’s past while striving for a future that is inclusive for people of all different backgrounds… 

“We’re asking everybody to come out as one family, one love and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy,” Pearce said.

All donations raised this weekend will go to the Center for Jubilee, Reconciliation & Healing.

It kicks off this Friday night at 10 and wraps up Sunday afternoon. For a full list of events happening this weekend, click or tap here.