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June 10, 2018


d.c. pride
posted by soe 2:14 am

I spent several hours outside this evening watching the D.C.’s Pride Parade. Let me share some of it with you:

Let’s have a parade!

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

The military being allowed to march the parade still makes me so happy:

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

There were young participants (this is the larger DCPS group; there were also individual elementary schools, as well as school bands, dance groups, and clubs):

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

And there were old participants (these are all retirees on this bus):

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

There were even canine participants:

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

There were great signs (I missed snapping the one that read, “I’m the trans teacher I never had,” and didn’t get a great shot of the one that said, “Jesus had two dads and he turned out fine!”):

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

There were tutus and tiaras, leather and lace, and feathers and flowers (I did not snap photos of bare skin, but there was a certain amount of that, too):

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

The great thing about our parade is how many people want to be in it. I watched for more than two hours and there was probably still an hour’s worth of floats and marchers lined up waiting for their cue to begin when I had to head home. In addition to groups that you might expect to see — support groups, clubs, and nonprofits specifically aimed at the target crowd — you also get local and national businesses, embassies, politicians (both elected officials and those seeking votes), churches, and community groups.

It’s a very welcoming event. And this year, maybe a touch defiant, too.

There were rainbows as far as the eye could see.

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

And candy, beads, and confetti:

D.C. Pride Parade 2018

(In case you were wondering, the street sweepers are the final participants in the parade.)

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