Saturday, 11 June 2016
We had had a pleasant walk through Astoria, and now we saw the Pride Parade coming from the direction of the Astoria bridge. My eyes welled up with happy tears at this, the first pride event in small town Astoria. I hail from the land of huge Pride Parades (Seattle) with ten or so blocks fancy floats, bands, performances…and since moving to the beach, the Pride Week events are what I miss most about Seattle….and yet none had ever made me happier that this block long parade in Astoria, Oregon.
I like to give credit for Allan’s excellent photos. In this post, I have just marked them with an *.
Todd is a local school principal and Annie is a teacher. I told Annie that I remembered, as late as 1990, that teachers (whether LGBT or Allies) marched in the Seattle Pride Parade with paper bags with eyeholes over their heads and a banner that read “Teachers with Pride Still Have to Hide”. I rejoice in the freedom for teachers to parade in the open.
I fell into the parade with Annie and Todd. (My LGBTIQ credentials are excellent, although I may have lost my ID card somewhere over the years.)