BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Battle Creek Pride will commemorate its past, present and future during a weeklong celebration beginning Monday.

This year, there is a combination of in-person and virtual events.

“This year we tried our best to do our usual Pride Week with a downtown parade and a public festival,” Pride Co-President Deana Spencer said in a news release, “But with all the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, it was just impossible. So we’re moving to Plan B. And it’s going to be great.”

The week will bring a variety of events from a virtual panel discussing important pride topics such as mental health on Tuesday to a somber candlelight vigil set for Sunday. 

“It’s important to celebrate the communities and the LGBTQ people that are in your communities because they’re in every single community,” Spencer told News 8 “It doesn’t matter where you live and it does not matter how rural or how urban of a town you live in, we are everywhere.”

For more information about Battle Creek Pride and their Pride Week plans, visit the group’s website.