In the wake of the heartbreaking and tragic Orlando shooting, many people have voiced their concerns about attending their city's Pride Parade. As a part of the queer community, I also had this fear and contemplated opting out of one of the annual events I look most forward to each year. It's a space for people to have fun, express themselves, and live their truth. It bonds the community together and is more of a statement than an event with free-flowing beads and glitter on the floor — even though those things are great, too. And while this cruel act of violence has left a scar in our hearts, we are pushing through remembering how great it is to band together and celebrate love in such a momentous way. From the heartwarming parts, to the hilarious experiences, and everything in between, this is what goes down during a Pride Parade.
This Is What You Experience at a Pride Parade
It's a celebration of love and a statement of historical progress.