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Pride Corpus Christi holds first Pride Pet Paw-rade – Riverside, California

Riverside, California 2021-06-12 13:44:36 –

A dog and two cats marched on Leips Boulevard with the owner as part of Saturday, which was devastated by Pride Corpus Christi’s first pet paw.

Tom Thaliaview, president of the South Texas Mosaic Project, said the organization’s board wants to create a more family-friendly event at this year’s Pride Month, Coastal Bend.

“Many of us are pet owners and understand the deep connections between LGBTQIA + individuals and their pets,” says Tagliabue. “With the move of the big pride parade in October, I thought it was a great opportunity to host an outdoor event that connects the LGBTQIA + community and the general public with a shared love for pets.”

One of the many dogs participating in Pride Corpus Christi's first Pride Pet Pole Raid will cool off after marching in the heat of Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Temperatures were high in the 80’s, but participants were taken care of by Wienerschnitzel, 7-Eleven, free hot dogs, gatorade, and L & F with bottled water. During the march, participants stopped by Elan Corpus Christi Assisted Living, Incarnate Ward Convent, and Solstice Living Center.

14-year-old Annika Cuellar said the pet parade was her first pride event and will be attending the October pride parade. Her two dogs, Chewbacca, or “Chewbacca” for short, and Twinkie won first place in the pet contest.

“I had a lot of fun today,” Quela said. “My favorite part was going to the geriatric center and the monastery and letting people play dogs with each other. Many people appeared today.”

Pride Corpus Christi hosted its first Pride Pet Pole Raid on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Brad Snyder (left) and her husband Tom Tagriaview, president of the South Texas Mosaic Project, led the parade down Leips Boulevard.

Tagliabue said the simple act of walking a pet together raises the individual awareness of LGBTQIA + and fosters true care and interest in the community as friends and neighbors. He said he wants people to understand that the LGBTQIA + community is involved in every aspect of the daily life of coastal bends.

“Whether you know it or not, we work in your grocery store, banking, retail, industry, government, and nonprofits,” Tagliabue said. “We are sitting next to you in the church. We are shopping in the same grocery store and shopping center. We live in your neighborhood and work with you. We want to break the barrier of fear about who the LGBTQIA + individuals are. “

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