Pride Time

It’s the day of the annual Columbus Pride Parade.  The parade hasn’t started yet, but the area around High Street in downtown Columbus is jammed with happy, cheering, rainbow-clad people.

Columbus is known for being open and friendly to everyone — which is one of the great things about our fair city.  Those in the retail industry love the Pride Parade, because it brings people downtown who are interested in buying just about any rainbow-hued item.  The street vendors with their carts are having a field day.

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At The Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade

IMG_1256It’s the weekend of the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival, and today the Pride Parade was downtown.  Kasey and I stopped by after work this morning.  As always, the parade was a big, brassy, raucous affair, with lots of cheering and shouts as the floats and marchers wound their way through the concrete canyons of downtown Columbus.

If anything, the parade seemed bigger this year than in past years.  That’s an encouraging thing to see in the wake of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, Florida.  It’s a cliche to say that terrorists win if their brutal attacks cause us to change our behavior and fear for our safety in any public setting, but it happens to be true.  I was glad to see that those of us who believe in and support LGBT rights were out in force, showing that they weren’t intimidated and would continue to be loud and proud.

The Pride Parade

When you go to the office in downtown Columbus on Saturdays, as I frequently do, you never know what you might find.  Today, it was the Columbus Pride Parade, running on High Street from downtown Columbus to Goodale Park.

As I’ve mentioned before, Columbus is very proud of its gay community and its status as a gay-friendly city, and the GLBT community and its friends and supporters were out in force for today’s parade.  It was a beautiful sunny day and large crowds lined both side of High Street as a long line of paraders marched and rolled past.  There was lots of hooting and hollering and hugging, and some spectacular costumes and floats, all done with a dash of humor.

Events like the Pride Parade help to make Columbus an interesting, inclusive place to live.