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In this June 24, 2018 file photo, revelers carry a Rainbow Flag along Fifth Avenue during the New York City Pride Parade in New York.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Pride Month ushered in celebrations across the Las Vegas Valley and the U.S.

It was the first time the LGBTQ community gathered in two years.

The pandemic hit numerous small businesses, especially those owned by minorities. LGBTQ businesses were no exception. 

Badlands Saloon in Las Vegas was one of many small businesses that shuttered during the pandemic. The saloon said with the summer months, along with numerous Pride celebrations, business has shown improvement.

"There was a time we weren't sure if we were going to reopen," General Manager Eric Garcia said. It's important for [these businesses] to stay open because it's a community. We live this community."

Of 1,600 businesses in the LGBTQ Small Business Owner Survey, nearly 80% responded that they expect a full recovery by 2022.  

Badlands Saloon will be featured on "Bar Rescue" on Paramount Network Sunday night.

Click here for the YouTube preview.

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