Pride Parade in Avalon

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A small group of Avalon residents held a Pride parade on Monday to show support for Pride Month. June was designated as Pride Month because it was the month the Stonewall Riots took place in 1969 after a police raid of the Stonewall Inn bar in New York City’s Greeenwhich Village. It is celebrated around the world as a month to recognize the influence of LGBT people and their contributions to society. It is also a way to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of the issues the LGBT community faces. Photos by Kristy Throndson

Small group shows local support for Pride Month

Organizers of a Pride parade soldiered on with their plans, despite COVID-19 and other outside forces that limited their show of support.

One of the organizers, Constance Garcia, said some participants decided to stay home in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and others were confused with the timing of the announced cancellation of the Fourth of July parade, which created the idea that the Pride parade was also cancelled.

Despite the setback, the parade went on with a small but dedicated group. Andrea Olsen Diaz had secured the permits and coordinated with the Sheriff’s Department. Garcia said that when Capt. John Hocking brought a vehicle to escort the parade, he called in two more to add to the decorated cars.

“We were very appreciative of their support and kindness. They made sure we had a larger parade and were safe, despite the low numbers,” Garcia said.

Laura Vandezande handed out masks to anyone who did not have one and all the participants stayed in their vehicles with music and a bubble machine to show local support for Pride Month.

Pride Parade  in Avalon