Akron’s inaugural LGBTQ Pride festival draws thousands. Reported by Amanda Garrett. Akron has hosted gay events before, but nothing as large or organized as Akron Pride. About 600 people signed up for the equality march that started in Highland Square on Saturday and ended 1.5 miles to the west at Hardesty Park. Organizers expected 5,000 to 10,000 people to mingle amid food trucks, merchants and churches that set up booths.