Airbus is one of several sponsors of this year's Loda Artwalk Pride Street Party in Cathedral Square, where the historic Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception sits.

The event will include a drag queen-led parade, art, music and a Kids' Zone. A drag show will later take place at another location.

"Explore colorful art, enjoy vendors and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere," a Facebook event page states. "Plus, bring the little ones to our Kids' Zone where they can create crafts and join in the fun! Don't miss this opportunity to come together and celebrate love, diversity, and inclusion at the LODA ArtWalk."

The Artwalk caused an uproar in June 2023 after citizens raised concerns about the City of Mobile sponsoring the event. The City is not a sponsor this year but is promoting the event online.

Airbus supports the LGBTQ community at its plants in the United States and Canada.

"Regardless of your unique connection within, outside, or as an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, you are supported at Airbus," the company states on its website.

The manufacturer leads initiatives against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. 

Airbus has received nearly $200 million in economic incentives in the state.

When the plant was built 10 years ago, the state Department of Commerce provided $125 million in incentives. Mobile and Mobile County, along with Baldwin County, also supported the plant and continue to do so through expansions. Local governments have provided an estimated $35 million in incentives. Those incentives do not consider state tax breaks on sales, use, income and property taxes.

Last year, the City of Mobile provided another $20 million for an expansion at the plant.

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