Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-07-31 13:34:08 –
Oklahoma City (Free Press) — The Oklahoma City Pride Alliance Parade was sunny this time, but it could have been too sunny on Saturday morning.
The parade was an attempt to supplement the parade that had to be postponed to the end of June due to lightning and storms. The rest of the downtown Pride Festival, centered around Scissortail Park, continued with a fair crowd and lots of enthusiasm.
But what would probably have been thousands at the end of June to start the Pride Alliance Festival included hundreds of enthusiastic Saturdays nonetheless.
OKC Pride Alliance’s Liant Murinson told Free Press that canceling the parade during the festival was “catastrophic”, but LGBTQ + “the community was very supportive, understanding and just wonderful.” ..
“Thankfully, we have a great community partner, and the support from the community has really helped bring everything together,” says Tomlinson.
The shadows of the buildings around Fred Jones Avenue between Sheridan and Maine and the DJs gathered a relaxing crowd before the parade.
I talked to some people waiting for the parade to begin.
Partners Stacy Hendery and Cynthia Long were already on the shaded Sheridan Avenue waiting for the parade.
They both said it was always fun to announce and support public expressions of pride in the community.
Were they old enough to remember when going out was dangerous?
“Oh, that’s right,” Hendery said. “I remember being jumped once by seven guys just because they were gay.”
“In middle school and high school, I remember it was something you didn’t talk about or admit,” Long added. “You just didn’t do that.”
John and Lindsay Danehard brought in three children and participated.
“Obviously, I’m here just to support inclusion and diversity,” Lindsay said. “And you know, we have a family I know, and we need to support them and show them our love and support.”
John added that they were there to fully support that they “love everyone.”
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Last updated: July 31, 2021 12:38 PM Brett Dickerson – Editor
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