Below you see most of us hugging a spot in the shade as we waited for the parade to begin: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Over organizations and businesses follow the parade route, beginning at the [Portland North Park Blocks] at Burnside St. Tens of thousands of spectators line the parade route during its almost three-hour span. On June 19, nine of us abandoned our gardens, cookouts, and lawns to take part in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Portland.
One of the most impressive aspects of the parade was the rainbow banner that must have been at least a quarter of a mile long.
Watching it flutter as the breeze caught its folds, and following its progress down the street to the finish, filled me with a hope that someday equal rights will be enjoyed by all. All rights reserved About Us. On June 19, nine of us abandoned our gardens, cookouts, and lawns to take part in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Portland. Views Read Edit View history. We're CEOs to students. As the chief passed, McBrayer and others shouted "Happy Pride, chief!
This is about community. Full of music, dance and rainbow balloons, flags and streamers, the parade, themed "Pride to the People," offered an array of political and social justice messages. This article needs additional citations for verification. The festival mood and happy spirits of all gathered made the sunny day even more spectacular. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Gay Pride celebrations in Portland and cities across the nation, said Patrick Olson-Stine, parade coordinator and board treasurer of Pride Northwest, a Portland-based nonprofit that organizes the celebration and parade. Archived from the original on People packed the streets, danced under umbrellas, partied under awnings and canopies -- and many just embraced the rainfall.